BACK TO BASICS – THE HISTORY OF HAND WASHING
Hand washing – we’re all taught from a young age that it’s important. It’s hard getting kids into the habit of it, and the daily before-meals hand washing struggle can become quite an ordeal.
Let’s get back to basics and understand how hand washing came to be.
Surprisingly, the link between handwashing and health was made less than two centuries ago! In 1846, Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis noticed that rates of death within the hospital he worked at fell dramatically when handwashing was introduced to medical staff on maternity wards.
Despite this, the handwashing habit was not widely adopted until 1980, when a string of infections led to the United States Centers for Disease Control identifying hand hygiene as an important and cost-effective way to keep viruses and ailments at bay. Other parts of the world soon followed, with handwashing now being a normal part of life.
Taking some time to thoroughly wash your hands can save you a trip to the doctor in the future, and is a proven way to prevent kids from getting sick. No matter how crazy life gets, don’t underestimate the importance of hand washing!