How do you get your kids to wash their hands?

Jennifer - posted on 05/13/2011 ( 47 moms have responded )

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Check out this helpful video promoting healthy hand washing for kids.

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Jessica - posted on 05/16/2011

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Foamy soap and a song:
Top and bottom
Top and bottom
In between
In between
Rub them both together
Rub them both together
They're all clean
They're all clean

Louise - posted on 05/15/2011

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You can get fun soaps aimed at toddlers. They usually come in the form of an animal dispenser and when you press antibacterial foam comes out. This encourages them to use the soap and wash it off.

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Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2011

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Christina - posted on 05/20/2011

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I bought 2 step stools, 1 for the toilet &1 for the sink .I always made sure he washed them. When he was just potty training I was always in the bathroom with him either to help him or what not. We sang the alphabet song. He knew he couldn't stop until the song was done. He didn't shut the bathroom door to use the bathroom until he was older. I would go as far to smell his hands & if I didn't smell hand soap he went back to the bathroom to wash them. I keep hand sanitizer in my car & purse. He is 11 now & he always washes his hands before he eats & after he uses the bathroom. I was a preschool teacher & an asst. special ed. teacher in the public schools for 10 years before I was a mom. Don't scare them with talk of germs or how dirty their hands are. It might scare a small child or make them o.c.d.

Lisa - posted on 05/20/2011

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I have the opposite problem. My 8yr old daughter learned at school to wash her hands because of the germs that can make her sick. They were shown pictures and told how sick they can get. Now she makes everyone wash their hands. Good Luck

Keri - posted on 05/19/2011

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My daughters only problem is STOPPING. She washes her hands more than Howie Mandel :D

Connie - posted on 05/19/2011

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It's tough to make kids understand the concept of germs. My technique is constant reminding and practice, practice, practice.

Samantha - posted on 05/19/2011

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My son is not old enough to really have his hand washed with anything but a baby wipe but when i worked at a daycare we used to sing a song while we washed our hands. Help them rub the soap in long enough to kill germs and makes it fun

Michelle - posted on 05/19/2011

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We've just got the Lysol automatic pump and my son thinks its a hoot, so that makes it easier .... but Im liking the idea of that soaprise thingy someone mentioned.

Maria - posted on 05/19/2011

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I don't have a problem with my oldest washing his hands, of course I have to tell him. I do buy the foam soap, I find it easier for him to use :)

Angie - posted on 05/18/2011

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I taught my sons to say their ABC's while they rubbed and lathered... made it fun! Then as they got older, it was songs they liked. Now they wash all the time! I also would buy a fun soap dispenser just for them... and buy generic antibaterial liquid soap in the HUGE bottle to refill it.

Arlene - posted on 05/18/2011

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what I did with my kids was to hold their hands and putit over the sink squeeze some soap in their hands and wash their hands for them and my hands too. Then the next time I would stand by the door and tell them "put some soap in your hands, turn on the water to wet the skin, turn off the water and rub rub rub, then rub the other hand the same way and rub, rub, rub turn on the water and was it all away and your all done! then Dry,dry dry with the paper towel."

Desiree - posted on 05/18/2011

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I don't have to, my son LIKES washing his hands, every chance he gets. Of course, he'll make all kinds of excuses to get his hands dirty..
What I'd like to know is how to get him to do it quickly without playing with the water.. lol

Valrii - posted on 05/17/2011

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Everytime we had to use a public restroom, I got excited to smell the fragranc eof the soap. You would be surprised how excited your child gets to smell the soap. We also sing a quick little song while we lather up. Happy Birthday and Twinkle, Twinkle have been the favorites. Holiday songs are great too.

Kelly - posted on 05/17/2011

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foaming hand soap, especially the kind from bath and body works.they have so many varieties you can let them pick one that smells good

Kelsi - posted on 05/17/2011

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we sing the wash your hands song. "top and bottom, top and bottom, in between, in between, rub them both together, rub them both together, now their clean"
also, we got a fun motion detected soap dispenser that made it exciting for them. :)

Anna - posted on 05/17/2011

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Aww man, how to get them NOT to is my issue lol. My 2 year old son loves this 'game,' he will do it over and over for no reason at all; he isn't very good at it, especially keeping the sink area dry. I am trying to teach him about conserving water (toilet paper too) and how everything has a purpose and when used outside it's purpose, it becomes wasteful but that's a hard lesson for a toddler. Mostly, I guess I need to lighten up but it really kills me to see things wasted like this.

Shallanna - posted on 05/17/2011

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I told my 5 the truth. That if they dont wash they will get worms in their belly and those worms crawl out of their booty when sleeping and lay eggs and then crawl back in- this tactic had my kids washing religiously--try it :)

Crystal - posted on 05/17/2011

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seeing as I just asked my child I will give you her answer..... With soap and water

Kim - posted on 05/17/2011

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I make it really fun for my daughter...I even got the soap that is a different color in it. All you have to do is make everything really fun. Let the kids turn the water on and off by themselves..with of course your supervision...this way they feel they are big kids. Create a sticker chart and for everytime they wash their hands with out being told before eating or whatnot they get a sticker.

Jennifer - posted on 05/17/2011

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make a game out of it a little bubbles in some water and their hands are clean in no time. kids love to have fun so if you can make the simplest task that they need to due including hygene they will do it and not even realize they are doing what you want another way wash your hands at the same time they'll love doing things with you so there is a good chance it will work. the bubble thing works on my kids every time.

Cory - posted on 05/17/2011

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I just make it a "healthy habit" we wash our hands when we get home from school & AFTER bathroom trips. It's easier too if it's something the children get used to seeing you do as well. We also wash hands BEFORE brushing teeth (after breakfast). If that doesn't work- use a hand sanitizer. I don't want my kids to be "germaphobic" but, I also want them to practice good basic hygene.

Jessica - posted on 05/16/2011

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We sing songs and we also write in our palm in the soap! lol My kids love to wash their hands I actually think my son is a little ocd with it and has been since he was old enough to do it! but my kids love that and brushing their teeth never have a problem with it!!

April - posted on 05/16/2011

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I couldn't get my daughter to wash her hands either! I usually had the pretty smelling soaps from Bath and Body Works and I thought they would intice her but nothing worked. Then I bought a brand called Kandoo at the grocery store. It is a green dispenser shaped like a frog and it smells like Watermelon and the actual soap is a green foam. Ever since I showed her this she wants to wash her hands constantly! They are a little pricey but I think well worth it because she wants to wash her hands now!

Jen - posted on 05/16/2011

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I started with the hand sanitized now he jumps at the chance to wash his hands or he digs through my purse for the sanitizer lol

Marie - posted on 05/16/2011

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My sister is a daycare teacher, and showed the kids 'germs' by sprinkling glitter on the table, toliet, etc (wherever you want) then when the kids touch the table and get glitter on their hands (ie. germs) - the only way to get rid of the 'germs' is to wash them off with soap and water. I thought it was a good way to show them how its all works, and why we wash our hands

Yasmin - posted on 05/16/2011

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My toddler absolutely loves Dora, so I got some Dora hand soap, it comes out foamy and she loves rubbing it because the foam feels nice for her. You child might not be a dora fan, but use the same excitement, they have princess, cars, all different boys and girls soaps to get them going. She washes her hands all the time now, even when times like when she has just gotten out of the bath. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 05/16/2011

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We wash the germs and watch them go down the drain while singing the alphabet!

Tricia - posted on 05/16/2011

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I bought this hand soap from the supermarket called Soaprise!! It's a scented soap that when you push the dispenser the bottle lights up, and stay's lit. They are to continue washing until the light stops flashing. Both my kids LOVE it, and I'm on the 4th refill bottle!!

Pauline - posted on 05/16/2011

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I do wash my hands all the time so maybe her seeing me made it easier for both of us.

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This area has never been an issue for us. I started very young with the schedule thing and washing hands before meals, after going potty, and after coming inside from playing. It’s like second nature now and our daughter is 12. My fiancé is a tattoo artist and is the only guy I know that washes his hands without thinking about it. Now getting my daughter to wash her face is another story.

Amy - posted on 05/16/2011

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i just say, it's time to wash up....and they do. ?? didn't know people were having problems with it. If it's routine to do, they don't usually question it. And yes....kids + water should be pretty easy. Especially when soap makes bubbles.

Jenn - posted on 05/16/2011

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My kids like foam soaps and sing their ABCs or Happy Birthday. Washing is a big part of school as well as home so it is just part of life for them.

Ashley - posted on 05/16/2011

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I've never had a problem getting my kids to wash their hnds. Sometimes they forget and i have to remind them but they always march back upstairs to do it without a fuss. The real problem is getting them to just wash tgeir hands and get out of the water. Lol they will stay up there playing in the water untill i tell them thats enough now. Once my 4 year old over flowed the sink and soaked the bathroom floor and the hallway carpet. Lol

Merab - posted on 05/16/2011

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...this is not a hard task...why? because kids naturallay love water, any chance for them to get into contact with water ...you will never have a fight. My Advice is, Parents should take the lead, children learn from imitation...as a parent learn to wash your hands before handling food, after visiting the toilet, as soon as you come indoors from outdoors, before eating and cooking etc. then you emphasize the same for your little one-with time this becomes a routine and then they get habit of washing hands.

Chara - posted on 05/15/2011

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ABC song helps (+ they learn the alphabet early!) - My kids don't have an option - it's one of the rules before coming to the table and leaving the table - automatic now and they are 4 & 2. Esp. when they come in from outside. Of course I've explained about dirt and germs (which they may not fully understand - but fun to hear them tell their friends why they wash!)

Jessie - posted on 05/15/2011

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I act super excited about it, like it's a lot of fun, and he gets excited too.

Sadie - posted on 05/13/2011

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i tell my daughter that they`re are dirty nasty germs on her hands and we have to wash them off with soap before they make her sick and we have to go see the doctor

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