Life­sav­ing lessons

TEACH­ING HY­GIENE AT EARLY AGE

Wanneroo Times - - Opinion -

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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au

Child­care worker Te­gan Cam­meron-Dow helps her son Dewi (2) to wash his hands cor­rectly.

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