Hand Washing
Practice Good Hygiene!
Did you wash your hands? Did you brush your teeth? Did you use soap? These are just a few of the questions parents ask their children each day. Why is reinforcing those good hygiene habits so important? Good hygiene habits like frequent hand washing, prevent and reduce the transmission of influenza and other viruses. It is important for parents to teach their children proper hygiene habits which include such skills as how to properly wash hands, take a bath, brush teeth and hair, and follow proper toilet training skills.

Because children and germs go hand and hand, Ms. Ledbetter said remind children to always practice good hand washing skills.  Each day parents watch their children play in the sand, stick fingers in their noses and mouths, pick up slimy creatures, and reach eagerly for food that’s fallen to the ground.  When a child touches surfaces or items contaminated with flu or other viruses and then puts fingers in the mouth or eyes the "bug" is transmitted.

The Mayo Clinic gives these guidelines for effective hand washing skills:

  • Wet your hands with running water — either warm or cold.

  • Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.

  • Lather well.

  • Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.

  • Rinse well.

  • Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.

  • If possible, use a towel or your elbow to turn off the faucet.

So keep on reminding those kids to "wash up" and stay healthy.

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Whooping Cough

Pertussis,more commonly known as Whooping Cough has flown under the radar. People presume that whooping cough is no longer prominent in this day and age.  They are quite wrong. According to “Fast Facts” from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Whooping Cough is a severe infection  of the respiratory system that causes severe coughing spells, and the disease is highly contagious.   The first symptoms of whooping cough are “cold like,’’ a fever and a steady cough that progressively gets worse. According to the CDC the symptoms of whooping cough tend to develop within 5-10 days.

The best way to prevent whooping cough is vaccination.  The immunization chart from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, indicates children are required to have their 4 DTaP vaccine before Pre-K and are required to receive the 5 DTap before kindergarten, and the 1 Tdap before 7th grade.