How to stop germs from spreading

Some minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, or tummy upsets can spread from one person to another very easily. There are some simple things that you can do to reduce the risk of this happening.

The most important thing you can do is to always wash your hands well after going to the toilet, changing a nappy, or handling rubbish and before you eat or prepare food for yourself or anyone else.

Remember also to get into the habit of washing your baby or young child’s hands regularly, especially before they eat.

As soon as your child is old enough teach them to do this properly for themselves. There are lots of fun ways to help them to enjoy doing this. You could try making up songs to sing while they are hand washing, making bubbles with the soap, or making splashing sounds in the water.

What you can do

Our animation also gives you more tips and information about how to stop germs from spreading from one person to another.

Video reproduced with kind permission from Just One Norfolk and Norfolk County Council. 

Who can help?

Childhood illnesses: local contacts

  • Bedfordshire

    For non-urgent advice as a parent, you can text a Bedfordshire Community Services health visitor on Parentline, 07507 331456.

    For non-urgent advice as a young person aged 11-19, text our school nursing team on ChatHealth, 07507 331450.  

  • Luton

    If you're a parent requiring non-urgent advice, you can call your Luton health visiting team on 0333 405 0087, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. 

    If you're aged 11-19 and would like some non-urgent advice, text your Luton school nursing team on ChatHealth, 07520 616070. 

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