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Wash Your Hands Often

The best way to prevent spreading germs to your baby is by washing your hands often and thoroughly. Wash your hands before and after you care for your baby, especially before feedings and after diaper changes.

Avoid having visitors who have symptoms of a cold or the flu. Be sure to wash your baby's toys and pacifiers regularly in hot, soapy water or on the top shelf of the dishwasher.

Steps to Good Hand Washing:

  • Have paper towels or clean towels handy.
  • Wet hands with warm water, and then add soap.
  • Rub your hands together and lather. Wash your hands for 20 seconds (long enough to sing "Happy Birthday").
  • Be sure to wash around your fingernails and the spaces between your fingers.
  • Rinse with lots of warm, running water.
  • Dry your hands completely with paper towels or a clean towel.
  • Turn off the faucet with the towel.