NEW YORK (AP) -- Knowledge is power, and teaching children the relationship between germs and colds will help arm them in fighting the illness.
An extra lesson that teaches children about eliminating germs through proper hand washing adds to the arsenal. In fact, officials from the American Public Health Association say proper hand washing is probably the best defense against the spread of colds and flu.
Softsoap, which sponsored a study of 133 preschoolers by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey said with Q Research solutions, the number of children who knew to wash their hands after using the bathroom almost doubled after learning about germs.
"Adopting this important behavior can have a huge impact on children's health," says Barbara J. Hatcher, the director of scientific and professional affairs for the American Public Health Association.
Children are urged to wash their hands after using the bathroom; before eating; before, during and after helping in the kitchen; after coming in from outdoors; after handling money; after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose; and after playing with pets.
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