A couple of weeks ago I attended a launch for Dettol’s mission for health campaign along with some other mummy bloggers. Well, today is the official launch of the Dettol’s Mission for Health campaign, and I want to share some information about it with you. The reason behind the campaign is that Dettol wants to promote a healthier environment in the home, community and beyond. This will be done through some key initiatives; Dettol’s new mum’s programme, healthy habits lessons in schools and through its partnership with Save the Children.
Dr Dawn Harper, of channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ fame, along with the BBC’s hygiene expert Dr Lisa Ackerley and Prima Baby’s expert midwife Nikki Khan are all supporting the campaign giving practical advice on how mums can improve hygiene at home especially for those mums expecting or bringing home a new baby, requiring them to be especially vigilant in the home. We got to meet these three different experts ourselves, and we listened to what they had to say on the subject.
Talking about family health, Dr Harper comments: “Mums are naturally eager to do their best for their family, with nygoodhealth to keep them happy and healthy. But with our hectic lifestyles, standards may slip! How many of us mums know our kitchen floor or bathroom taps are not cleaned as often as we like? Even our computer keyboards could do with a good anti-bacterial wipe!”
“Dettol’s Mission for Health will help mums take back control, by suggesting quick and easy ways to keep their homes hygienic, helping to protect their family’s health and advising them on the tools to do it. By going online they can find out information about hygiene hotspots in the home, and healthy living advice for the family and in particular first-time mums.”
We heard from Prima Baby’s expert midwife Nikki Khan who talked about hygiene during pregnancy and those first few years. We had an interesting discussion where someone bought up the topic of not keeping children away from all germs, but Nikki reinforced to us how important it is to keep newborns away germs and healthy because of how their bodies are still learning to adapt to the world and that their immune systems are still growing.
Hygiene expert, Dr Lisa Ackerley is also on hand to offer her advice through informative and easy to follow videos which will be available online. She explains: “This campaign is reaching out to give support to help get the fundamentals of good home hygiene in place. The mission for Health wants to give mums the knowledge and tools to ensure they can do their best to keep the home a healthier and hygienic place to live.”
Some great tips for those joining Dettol’s Mission for Health
· Regularly disinfect commonly touched surfaces as some harmful germs can survive on surfaces for long periods, which can then be transferred to other surfaces in sufficient numbers, representing a risk to catch them and develop an infection
· Use a surface cleaner with proven efficacy to kill 99.9% of harmful germs including E.coli, Salmonella, MRSA and the flu virus · Practice
good hand hygiene; wash hands regularly with an antibacterial hand wash and dry thoroughly.
· If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer. There are many gel and foam varieties available for use while out and about
· Practice good cough and sneezing etiquette – always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue and dispose of immediately
· Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with your hands. This will reduce your chances of getting infected
Every mum’s top priority is their families health so as a mother to a toddler I am proud to back and support the Dettol Mission for Health campaign. You too can get involved by visiting Dettol’s new website and dedicated Facebook page where for every person who “likes” the Mission for Health Facebook page, Dettol will donate 20 pence to Save the Children, aiming to donate £20,000 to the charity which supports community causes in the UK and abroad.
The Mission for Health Facebook page will also offer the opportunity to win one of 5,000 Dettol Baby Packs containing useful tips on getting ‘your home baby ready’, helping new mums be extra vigilant in the home. The pack also includes vouchers for money off Dettol Surface Cleanser Spray and Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System.