This week’s round of #HealthyTipTuesday is pretty cut and dry. It’s just an IMPORTANT reminder to wash your hands!! Last week I wasn’t able to post a healthy tip because I was busy caring for my 2 year old who was throwing up all day due to a stomach bug aka the “norovirus”.
While I don’t know how she caught it, I do know that we could have done a much better job with washing everyone’s hands prior to!
If I may be transparent, little Miss Cadence just walked up to me as I sat down to type this and begged for me to wash her hands. Why? Because she thought it was a good idea to check on her surprise in her diaper! Nasty, I know!! That’s just one more reason why you have to be super cautious! And this isn’t limited to children; many adults overlook the importance of cleanliness too!
Back to that stomach bug… Every person in our house caught it with the exception of baby Caelyn! I’m SUPER thankful for the antibodies in my breastmilk and her being protected.
But for those of us who aren’t fortunate enough to guzzle ounces of breastmilk daily, we have to take extra precautions and the 1st step is to start by washing our hands OFTEN! On 2nd thought, drinking breastmilk to prevent and sickness doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
Here’s a quick reminder of the hand washing process! Also view this fact sheet about how and why you should wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers don’t kill ALL types of germs, such as a stomach bug called norovirus, some parasites, and Clostridium difficile, which causes severe diarrhea. Hand sanitizers also may not remove harmful chemicals, such as pesticides and heavy metals like lead. Handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs, pesticides, and metals on hands. ~ CDC