Although having children is a beautiful, life-changing experience, no one can deny that it comes with a certain amount of responsibility and pressure. Caring for oneself can seem like a struggle in many instances, so the added hassle of caring for another person, let alone one who does not know what is best for them, can require a great degree of emotional, physical and spiritual perseverance.
In particular, one of the ways children demand more of our attention is keeping them safe. There are concerns about traffic, strangers, food, exercise, peers, external influences, media, and advertising; the list goes on and on. However, in light of the recent global pandemic, a new and previously unseen threat is starting to emerge. Of course, we are talking about harmful bacteria, pathogens and microorganisms.
Now, before we go any further, it is important to note that we have been dealing with pandemics, flu and illnesses of some variety or another, for some time. However, we now live in a society that is so large that controlling the outbreak and spread of these dangerous actors is a greater challenge. International travel has made the world much more widely accessible, but it has also made our country vulnerable in new and unique ways.
Therefore, it is now no longer the sole responsibility of the government to protect citizens and civilians. Indeed, we all have an obligation to our friends, family and colleagues. This responsibility is, in many ways, the same as the one we have for our children. A duty to follow safety guidelines and ensure others around us are doing the same. This dual responsibility is at the root of our subject today, and below, we discuss how to manage it in modern times effectively.
Although several methods are necessary to prevent the spread of infection in the human populace, it can be boiled down to three key methods: social distancing, face coverings and effective hand washing. While the first two are equally important, we will focus only on purposeful and meaningful hand hygiene.
Understandably, you may be looking for information regarding the best hand sanitizer for children. However, it is more important to give them a different set of tools. Let’s back up for a moment.
The main purpose of hand sanitizer is to destroy and kill all the microbes and living matter that exists on your hands’ skin. Typically, alcohol accomplishes this goal, but it does come with two distinct disadvantages. First, it dries out the skin and closes the pores, leading to compromised immune responses and cracking of the skin, especially in dry conditions. And secondly, it also destroys all of the good bacteria that populate your body’s outer layer, which can lead to longer-term negative effects.
As a result, you can look at hand sanitizer bottles in bulk as a potentially negative way to keep your hands clean. Instead, a far more effective way is to teach them how to wash their hands properly. Stay with them for the full 30 seconds to a minute it takes for proper handwashing, and develop a ritual that addresses all areas of the hand, including the wrist and far side of the hand.
Through this method, your child will learn the true purpose of washing their hands and how to do it effectively. This way, they can also rely on regular hand washing soaps and cleaners that have moisturizers and other helpful healing materials. As a result, they will not have to suffer from the ill effects of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and can still benefit from having healthy, clean and safe hands.