Personal Hygiene

Are good hygiene habits part of your teen’s back to school routine? Check out these easy reminders to help keep your teen happy and healthy, and continue these habits into adulthood.

Learn more about good hygiene habits.

Hand Sanitizers: Fact or Fiction?

Hand sanitizer gels are ubiquitous these days – and so are the myths surrounding these products. Today, a CHOC Children’s infectious disease specialist comes clean on what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to hand sanitizing gels.

Learn more about the myths surrounding these products.

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Personal Hygiene Tip Sheets

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Handwashing:

  • Wash your hands often, especially…
    – Before you eat
    – Before you touch your mouth or eyes
    – After you use the bathroom
    – After touching animals or pets
    – After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
    – Coughing or sneezing into your sleeve will reduce the spread of germs.
    – Lather up with soap and warm water, wash hands front and back and between the fingers. Don’t forget your fingernails! Rinse well with warm water.
  • To make sure you wash your hands long enough, try singing “Happy Birthday” twice!
  • When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizers to prevent the spread of germs. Avoid sanitizers that have too much or too little alcohol content. The alcohol content should be around 60%.
  • The most important thing you can do to keep yourself from getting sick is to wash your hands.

Antiobiotic Resistance

  • Antibiotics can successfully treat many bacterial infections, but due to misuse, some bacterial infections no longer respond to some antibiotics.
  • Antibiotics are strong medicines that may cause possible side effects including rashes and diarrhea.
  • Many respiratory, eye and ear infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not work for viruses.
  • Take all medications exactly as your health care provider prescribes.
  • Take all antibiotics until gone, even if you feel better!
  • Do not share or save medications for yourself or others.
  • Colds can last longer than 2 weeks – the average child gets up to 6 colds per year.