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Rufus The Messy Monster

Who is Rufus? Why is he here?

rufus the pink monsterFor kids, washing hands just isn't fun. They'll come up with any excuse to avoid it. So we came up with Rufus. He's here to help us to teach our kids the importance of washing their hands. Why? Because children aged 0-4 are more vulnerable to certain forms of food poisoning. And all the evidence points to poor hygiene being the major cause.

 

While wipes and hand sanitisers are really handy, they are not soap and water and just don't work the same way. In a nutshell, when it comes to hand hygiene, only soap and water will do.

 

Just what is E. coli?

jellyfishE. coli is a bacteria that can cause serious illness in humans, especially children under five, whose immune systems are not yet strong enough to fend off infection.

 

Infection can be passed from one person to another if hygiene or handwashing habits are inadequate. This is particularly likely among toddlers, with family members and playmates at high risk of becoming infected.

 

Proper handwashing: A quick rinse won't cut it

Just rinsing their hands under the tap will not get rid of dangerous germs. And if they don't dry their hands either, germs will breed in the moisture and spread easily onto whatever your children touch next. So teach them to wash their hands the only way that works.

Wet their hands with water. FYI it doesn't have to be hotAdd soap and show them how to rub their hands until a lather forms all overRubbing their palms, backs, wrists, fingers, nails and between their fingers removes dirt and germs Rinse the soap of their hands completely with running waterDry their hands thoroughly using a clean hand towel or hand dryerAnd the germs are gone!

Downloads

Handwashing posterhandwashing charthandwashing activity sheet

 

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