Teaching kids about hand hygiene

Are you trying to teach your child about the importance of washing their hands?

There’s a book for that – with their name on it!

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, personalised Australian storybook company Story Antics has released XXX Learns to Wash His/Her Hands.

The personalised book is an informative and engaging story that helps educate young readers about the importance of good hand hygiene.

The book also helps parents and caregivers explain the coronavirus through an age-appropriate narrative.

 

 

Author and Story Antics founder, Lara Solomon, says the book aims to make handwashing fun and equip children with a solid hygiene routine.

“To make the process even more engaging, you can print or write out a list of their favourite songs to sing at the sink or encourage them to make up their own little ditty!” she said.

“Having a special soap or cleanser for them to use is also a great idea.”

Ms Solomon said it was important to give children relevant and factual information.

“These times are without a doubt confronting, confusing and uncertain and from our conversations with parents, figuring out how to appropriately and effectively communicate these feelings to their children is only adding to the anxiety for many of them,” she said.

“I think we can all agree that children aren’t naive; they pick up on our energy and emotion. In saying this, it’s so important to provide them with the right information in a rational, reasonable and factual way.”

It’s a viewpoint shared by The Child Mind Institute, an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

“Kids feel empowered when they know what to do to keep themselves safe,” said Jamie Howard, PhD, a child psychologist at the Child Mind Institute.

The organisation also encourages parents to discuss the coronavirus by focussing on what they are doing to stay safe and well.

XXX Learns to Wash His/Her Hands is available through storyantics.com.au