Washing your hands is the most effective way to stop the spread of gastro, colds and flu!
We all need to wash our hands more often and thoroughly, especially:
How to wash hands correctly: Use a bar of soap – it doesn’t need to be antibacterial.
Where I come from in New Zealand, local Maori always wash their hands after leaving a sacred site, significant place or cemetery, and at school all kids learn ‘horoi o ringa ringa’ wash your hands clean.
Children need to wash their hands as often as adults and singing a song can make it fun!
To the tune of ‘happy birthday’ sing:
‘Wash my hands so good and clean
Wash my fingers and in between
Watch the germs all go away
Now they’re clean, I’ll go and play’
(singing twice gives a 20 second hand wash.)
Babies should have their hands washed too using a wet, soapy flannel and always making sure the soap is rinsed off and their hands dried thoroughly.
Dr Monica Plane the very talented Chiropractor also makes soap!
Monica’s soaps are hand made using only the purest natural ingredients and can be purchased from the clinic.
Monica’s personal favourite? Spearmint and lemongrass.
My favourite Soap by Monica is Almond Milk Confetti – uplifting and soothing. Beautiful!
Effective hand washing is essential to the prevention of health care associated (nosocomial) infections and the transmission of antimicrobial resistance aka superbugs.
Research shows that improved hand washing among healthcare workers:
2019 Australian hand washing data from over 1000 public and private healthcare organisations including 971 hospitals shows an average handwashing rate of 86%. Nurse compliance is 88.6% followed by doctors at 74.4%.
By profession, Dental Therapists are the best hand washers at over 90% across the board.
Western Australian hospitals have improved access to hand hygiene products. Your healthcare worker should always perform hand hygiene in front of you. If you don’t see them do it, remind them!
This recent article on the topic is well worth reading
Horoi o ringa ringa!
Skilled in unravelling complex patterns of ill health, Sarah Penrose is a qualified, registered and endorsed natural health professional specializing in homeopathic medicine.