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Why is hand washing so important?
It is estimated that up to 80% of all infectious diseases are spread by dirty hands and preshool-aged children are at a much higher risk of contracting these illnesses. These can include the common cold, the flu, strep throat, and even nasty stomach bugs.
Although most children do wash their hands, they don't do it the right way every time:
- They don't use soap
- They don't scrub well or long enough, or
- They only wash their fingertips
Let’s face it, whatever comes home with your child will often spread to one or more members of the household. This can result in missed days of school, work, and even lost wages that impact the entire family. Although most children do wash their hands, they don’t always do it the right way every time: They don't use soap, they don't scrub well or long enough, or they only wash their fingertips. This product aims to change these statistics by using an amusing and educational book to teach children how, when, and why it’s important to wash their hands and by using visual and audio cues in an interactive soap dispenser to engage their interest and offer a reward for a job well done. The Foam Gnome system will give them the confidence and independence to wash correctly every time.