TEACHING HYGIENE AT EARLY AGE
THESE youngsters might not be able to spell meningococcal yet, but they certainly know how to avoid contracting it.
Children at Newpark Childcare Centre in Girrawheen were recently part of an Amanda Young Foundation-led push for greater awareness around hygiene from a young age.
Foundation spokeswoman Linda Ritchie outlined the importance of the initiative, known as Kiddy Canter.
“Children will talk with their parents and carers about what they learned,” she said.
“Often the knowledge of a few key symptoms is enough to give carers the confidence to seek urgent medical assistance before it’s too late.”
Meningococcal can kill within a day if not detected soon enough.
Symptoms include severe joint pain, vomiting and a distinct rash that resembles faint pinpricks before developing into purple blotches.
The foundation was set up in 1998 in memory of Amanda Young, who died of the disease at age 18.
Visit www.amandayoungfoundation.org.au for more information.
Childcare worker Tegan Cammeron-Dow helps her son Dewi (2) to wash his hands correctly.