Children less ill due to disinfectant hand gel
The way children wash their hands affects their health. Now it appears that children are less likely to get sick if they keep their hands clean by using disinfectant hand gel than by washing them with soap and water.
For the Spanish study, 911 children between the ages of eight months and three years were examined.
The children were divided into three groups: disinfectant hand gel, soap and water, and a "clean your own hands" group.
Keep the lesson clean
Each group first learned how to keep their hands clean. The groups in which disinfectant hand gel and water and soap were used also received follow-up classes about colds and fever. They received hygiene tips, including cleaning hands before and after lunch, when they come home and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose.
More often sick
At the end of the study, 5,211 participants were ill and that led to them not being able to go to daycare until 5.186 days. It turned out that children who used a disinfectant hand gel were sick 3.25 percent of the days. Children who used soap and water were 3.9 percent of the days sick. The children who used their own hands-method, missed no less than 4.2 percent of childcare days.
Furthermore, it emerged that the soap and water group was 21 percent more likely to have a runny nose, cough and a sore throat. They were also 31 percent more likely to use antibiotics compared to the group that used a disinfectant hand gel.
However, there is also criticism of the research results, as there are no details about how childcare centers have implemented the way of washing hands in child care, or the home situation of the children.
Furthermore, critics warn that it is important to pay attention to the safety of children when disinfecting hand gel is used. Supervision is always necessary when children use hand gel to ensure that they do not put their fingers in their mouths when the gel is applied.
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