A Research Study On Hand Washing

835 WordsDec 9, 20164 Pages
Handwashing for Young Children Hand washing can be considered to be a “do it yourself vaccine,” to help prevent spread of diarrheal and respiratory illnesses (CDC,2016). Hand washing is a simple action that can be performed to prevent the spread of illnesses, especially in workplaces and schools. With five easy steps with use of soap and water, illnesses can easily be prevented and reduced. Following the steps, wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry prevention of illnesses can occur. Young children need to be taught the importance of hand washing because the connection between the spread of germs and handwashing as the prevention is not always understood. Proper education is one obstacle that can get in the way of hand washing. Adequate time is not spent on teaching prevention of spread of illnesses with the the use of hand washing. Other obstacles may be not having the proper facilities or supplies to educate and exercise proper handwashing. In a study conducted, spread of infectious diseases such as upper respiratory and diarrheal was looked at in regards to how fast these diseases spread through grade schools and the reasons why illnesses were spread (Koep, Huskins, Clemens, Jenkins, Pierret, Ekker and Enders, 2014). A survey was given in regards to testing knowledge of the children in knowing what causes the spread of illnesses and what can prevent the spread of the illnesses. A reason identified in why children are one of the largest groups illnesses are spread was that
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