The Global Hand Washing Day !!

Hand hygiene for all!!

The Global hand washing day is celebrated every year in order to spread the importance of hand hygiene. Many people globally might not be even aware about the influence that a simple hand wash can make on their health. And many are not even equipped with the simple things like soap and water to wash their hands and lead a better and a healthy lifestyle.

Hand washing has gained much importance since we have entered the era of COVID-19.

How many of us were aware that washing hands for at least 20 seconds is a must?

Not many.
And while washing for 20 seconds, it appears to be a very long time, which actually isn’t. It is in fact the time spent on maintaining a good health and hygiene.

Good manners like these should be taught to our kids at a much younger age, which helps in getting into a habit as well as helping them to be healthy.

Many times we hear parents saying, “My kid is just 2 years old and how will he or she be able to do it at such a young age?”
To them I would say it is easier to teach a kid so young, yes they will take time to master it, but they will listen to what you want to teach them. Do it in front of your kid 3-4 times and after that you will be surprised to see them trying to copy you and learn.

The video I am sharing is of my 2 year old daughter who loves washing her hands herself, though not the best but still she does it pretty well, and we as parents can definitely help them if they miss something.

Hand Hygiene, one of the best ways to stay healthy!!

Hand washing doesn’t only help in preventing diseases such as COVID-19, but also helps in preventing many other diseases such as a simple dysentery. During teething, baby puts his or her hands in the mouth and if the hands are not washed can lead to a stomach infection. Its important in every aspect of life and not just COVID.

Steps in hand washing

  1. Wet your hands
  2. Rub soap
  3. Make lather and cover all the surfaces of your hands (in between the finger, nails, wrist)
  4. Wash for minimum 20 minutes
  5. Clean under clean running water
  6. Dry with a clean towel or let it air dry


global handwashing day
Picture courtesy: Global Hand Washing

When should you wash your hands?

  1. Anytime and every time you feel they are dirty
  2. Before and after you prepare a meal
  3. Before and after having a meal
  4. Before and after you have visited a hospital or a patient who is not well
  5. Have been outside home shopping
  6. Have been outside home playing any kind of sports
  7. Have traveled in a public transport
  8. Have been in a party
  9. Before taking any medication
  10. Before touching a new born baby
  11. After coughing or sneezing
  12. After using the washroom
  13. After disposing of the garbage
  14. After touching your pets

The list is just endless. So, wash your hand when you think you have contacted something that should not go into your system and cause any problem. Make sure to help your kids develop the same habit too. It definitely would help them in future.

Happy Parenting!

Read : Earth Day 2022: What our kids need to know

Dr. Garima Verma

Dr. Garima Verma is a dentist and an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. To spread information regarding dental health and parenting she started this blog, where authentic information is provided after a detailed study from the most know websites like, FDA, WHO, IDA, etc. and a gist with accurate and complete information is shared.

2 thoughts on “The Global Hand Washing Day !!

  • October 15, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Beautiful explanation about the importance of washing the hands. Little baby washing the hands in the video is very impressive.
    Thanks for the Awareness spread by the dentistmaa web.

  • October 15, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Quite detailed and relevant for kids.The blog made a compulsory reading and was not only incisive but inspiring too.Has Good information for young mothers .


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