#1 Natural Flu Prevention: Clean Hands & Song

Did you know that washing your hands has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention? There is the constant debate every year that you as a parent have to make: “Should I get the flu vaccine and should my child get a flu vaccine?”

If you are like many concerned parents, then you really don’t know which decision to make regarding flu vaccines for you and your family. You only want the best for your children and their health. So while you may have not made a decision on the flu vaccine, one habit you can start today is teaching your kids to have clean hands all day long.

My daughter learned a hand washing song at her preschool. And now that she knows the song, I don’t have to remind her to wash her hands after using the bathroom. She happily sings the songs with all of the hand motions necessary to keep her hands clean. The perfect flu fighting prevention method is to get your child to wash their hands when ever they might come into contact with germs.

Mommy Share!

Wash Them Clean Hands Song

(Sung to the tune of “Frère Jacques”)

Top and bottom
Top and bottom
In between
In between
Don’t forget your nails
Don’t forget your nails
Wash them clean
Wash them clean

Here is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has to say about washing hands:

When should you wash your hands?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage
  • What is the right way to wash your hands?

    Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold) and apply soap. Rub your hands together to make a lather and scrub them well; be sure to scrub the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Continue rubbing your hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands well under running water. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry.

    So keep those tiny hands clean and free of germs this flu season and have your child learn the Wash Them Clean Hands song! Need a natural immunity boost? Check out our smoothie recipe here.

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    8 Responses to #1 Natural Flu Prevention: Clean Hands & Song

    1. Melissa November 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

      Great idea! We are singing the song in our house!

    2. Popo Joy November 15, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      Love this cute little, singing hand washer! Great reminder to all of us, keep those hands clean to lessen the chance of catching a cold.

    3. Ryan hansard November 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm #

      I never knew I was supposed to clean under my nails, thanks!

    4. Angela Isaac November 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      LOVE IT! She’s got that song down, and its adorable!

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