Pocono Medical Center Works to Keep Monroe County Squeaky Clean, One Child at A Time


East Stroudsburg, PA – Pocono Medical Center (PMC) has launched an educational initiative to provide families with tips on personal hygiene for children in and out of the home. Hygiene Beyond Hand Washing stresses the importance of teaching hygiene regimens throughout early childhood to help prevent common conditions children may experience during puberty.

“While the need for even basic hygiene routines, such as hand washing, is important as young children,” explains Paulette Nish, Vice President of Patient Care/CNO at Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center, “it’s amplified as they reach their teenage years. Hygiene Beyond Hand Washing explains how teaching children these routines early can help stave off many common problems teenagers experience as their bodies change.”

Children typically begin to notice a change in their bodies between the ages of eight and twelve, when changes in glands can begin to produce excess oil production, in turn leading to acne and body odor. Simple tips, such as washing your face regularly and switching to fabrics such as cotton that allow the body to cool itself down can prevent the embarrassment teenagers often face as they learn how to deal with the changes.

Hygiene Beyond Hand Washing is powered by Spirit of Women and locally presented by Pocono Medical Center. Spirit of Women is a national network of leading hospitals dedicated to improving women’s lives with innovative health and community programs. Spirit of Women Hospitals touch the lives of millions of women each year through the presentation of educational events, consumer membership programs, annual conferences, marketing communications and grassroots efforts to improve the health and well-being of women everywhere. Spirit of Women enables participating hospitals to focus on community needs while providing the strength of national support. Visit spiritofwomen.com.