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Preventing Germs Spreading

Washing your hands and your baby’s hands is the most effective way to reduce spread of germs and infection.  The moment you finish washing your hands germs can be collected easily by opening doors, playing with childrens toys, changing diapers etc.  You will not be able to avoid collecting germs but you can reduce the risk of spreading the germs to your baby by regularly handwashing.   This will help reduce the chance of your baby developing respiratory and diarrheal infections.

If bottle feeding and expressing by or by pumps ensure all equipment is sterilised properly and wash hands before handling the newly sterilised parts.

When Should You Wash Your Hands?


    • Feeding your baby.  Breastmilk or Bottle Feeding
    • Before changing your baby’s diaper
    • Before giving medication to your baby


    • Changing your baby’s diaper
    • Using the toilet yourself
    • Handling pets or animals
    • Wiping your nose

When Should You Wash Your Baby's Hands?

    • When doing a diaper change
    • After playing with toys
    • After touching a pet

How to Wash Your Hands Properly?

Below shows a summary of the main steps in an effective handwash.  Ensure to use a clean towel or disposable one used towel after washing.

Paediatric Child Health (2001) 6 (1) Handwashing for Parents and Kids

World Hand Hygiene Day (WHO)

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