Health care workers in the US and Canada have developed a series of hygiene worksheet apps that teach children how to wash their hands.
The apps, called Careful, Clean, and Happy, have been available in the Play Store for about a week, and the app has more than 10,000 downloads.
“The apps have been a huge success,” said Dr. Anja Hjelmgaard, a pediatrician and director of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ National Center for Children’s Health.
“I think it’s a great way to teach children to care about their bodies and their environment.”
The apps are based on the idea that parents should be the primary caregivers for their children.
The Health and Human Services Department says the apps are free to download and can be used by anyone.
The new worksheet apps, developed by Dr. Hjellbergs team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Children’s National Medical Center, have gained a lot of attention, including a New York Times piece.
“This is a great step forward,” said Anna St. Cyr, director of communications for the American Association of Pediatrics.
“We’ve seen a lot more attention to this in the last year.”
The new app is one of the first to incorporate information about the safety of the materials and how to properly wash them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are much more likely to get bacteria on their hands if they do not wash them properly.
The guidelines suggest washing hands with soap and water and using a damp cloth to prevent the germs from building up.
“Our kids will be able to say ‘this is safe for my kids’ and ‘this works for me’,” said Dr Hjellerberg.
“They’ll know it’s something they can trust.”
The app’s creator, Dr. Anna Hjelleberg, is an American Academy member and the mother of a child with a genetic condition called trichomoniasis.
Trichomonas can cause serious skin and lung infections and are particularly dangerous in babies.
“It’s really important that kids get the tools and tools in their hands,” she said.
“That’s what’s driving this.
The app is not perfect.
There are a lot missing.”
The worksheeting apps are designed to help children understand the importance of cleaning and how their body can be affected by the bacteria.
A video shows a child doing some basic cleaning.
“A lot of times kids just forget to wash and wash again,” said Hjeliks father, Dr Jens Hjelaers, who is also a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Childrens Hospital of Pennsylvania.
“But in the context of the disease, we need to wash hands often.”
Dr Hjlers father and son developed the apps to give kids a basic understanding of what bacteria are and what to do about it.
“Kids are learning that their hands are dirty,” he said.
Hjlerbs parents wanted to teach their kids the importance and importance of proper hygiene, so they came up with the idea of the apps.
“Some of the kids were really hesitant to even try the app, and we didn’t want them to think they weren’t good enough,” he explained.
The Hjelsbs wanted to make sure that kids had the tools to make a healthy life for themselves and for their family.
The children who were most resistant to using the apps were the youngest, but they were the ones who needed help, Dr Hlerns said.
The parents decided to test the apps by giving them to the children in the hospital.
In one test, one of those children had more than 20 germs on his hands.
Another test showed that the children had significantly higher levels of bacteria than normal, even though they didn’t wash their skin or bathe.
The researchers are now working to see if they can find any additional factors that can help to lower those numbers.
“So far, we haven’t found any significant difference in the results between kids who had been using the app for weeks and kids who were new to it,” said St. Hlées.
The tests showed that people with trichomaniasis have about a 30 percent higher rate of bacterial counts in their bodies than those who didn’t have the condition.
“If they can get a normal microbiome, then you can really see whether they’re going to be able or not,” said Jens.
“And if they’re not, then we might see more signs of the bacteria.”
The research team has also looked at the effectiveness of the worksheett app on the children who are most vulnerable to infections.
In a follow-up study, the team compared the effectiveness and safety of both the apps and the hand sanitizer and saw that the app helped reduce the number of infections.
“For kids who are very vulnerable to infection, these worksheetts are actually going to help,” said co-author Dr Hlaerns.
The team hopes to test these worksheet app on a larger group