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Keeping your children healthy

Updated on September 22, 2011

Keeping children healthy

The US Dept of Health and Human Services wants to make sure all parents are aware of their latest guidelines. Teach your children about frequent handwashing, especially after using the toilet, and right before eating. If a tissue or napkin is not available when you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, use your elbow to absorb the effect. Do not use your hand to block a sneeze or cough. If you do the next time you touch someone or some object, the germs have a higher chance of being passed. Think of a doorknob, telephone or refrigerator handle, how many times a day are they touched. Your elbow is a more indirect location.

Avoid antibacterial soap as much as possible. The antibacterial soap kills off both the good and bad bacteria. This leaves the possibility the bad will be coming back stronger, with a resistance to the product by mutating to a new form from the earlier exposure. The US Dept of Health and Human Services has already issued statements to this effect.


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