OUTRAGED parents claim their kids have been left with "red raw" hands after scrubbing them up to TEN TIMES a day in school due to Covid measures.
Some mums and dads are now urging teachers to relax the strict rules after their children came home from classes "crying" in agony.
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One mum said it's not the actual soaps being used to blame, it's the amount of handwashing pupils are required to do.
She has now told her kids to ignore the school rules and not wash their mitts so often, reports Teesside Live.
"I'm all for good hand hygiene and keeping others safe," she said "but I just can't bear my boys crying in pain every night," she said.
"School has been really understanding, to be fair. But they seem to be just accepting of us all trying to treat the problem, instead of them trying to prevent it in the first place.
"I have specifically instructed mine not to wash so often.
How to wash your hands properly…
According to the NHS, these are the 11 steps you should be following every time:
1. Wet your hands with water
2. Apply enough soap to cover your hands
3. Rub your hands together
4. Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. Repeat with other hand
5. Rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers
6. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms
7. Rub your thumb using your other hand. Do the same with the other thumb
8. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand. Repeat with the other hand
9. Rinse your hands with water
10. Dry your hands completely with a disposable towel
11. Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap
"It's not the soap or gel but more the frequency and lack of readily-available moisturiser."
One parent claimed her GP had seen a "queue of mums" with children who had been left with irritated skin.
Another revealed her child had been given a steroid cream and had "loads of small cuts where the skin is broken."
"I think it's shocking that the poor kids are being left with red raw hands like this," she said.
"It's all well and good making them scrub their hands and then sanitise them with gel – but what about moisturising them?
"My son's hands have been so sore he's been crying and when I took him to the doctors, the GP said he's had a queue of mums bring their children for the same thing."
Another mum added: "My daughter has sensitive skin anyway, but washing their hands 9-10 times a day before meals, in between meals, after the toilet, when they get to school and leave school, is just too much!"
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