Whether you are travelling abroad or staying at home. Good hygiene habits are crucial and can save your life!
We tend to become over-compulsive regarding cleanliness, so we make sure that our kids are practicing good hygiene all the time. It is more than hand-washing since hygiene is a habit that we start to established when we were young kids.
Teaching them proper hygiene is easy but encouraging them to do it on a regular basis is quite daunting. For children, it can seem like a hassle to brush their teeth, lather and rinse their hair and body and do it all again. Let this guide help you to keep your child squeaky clean as always.
- Teach the fundamental to your kids such as the importance of hand washing. This simple activity should be done several times a day. Use soap and water and wash while singing “Happy Birthday.” Proper rinsing is also crucial. While sanitizers can help, health experts still recommend soap and water to eliminate all types of germs.
- Make sure to teach them hygiene in an age-appropriate manner. Children can understand the idea of germs and infection so no need for you to come up with scary details. Likewise, they can grasp the concept of health, diseases, and prevention of it through proper hygiene.
- Kids will thrive on routines so make sure to incorporate hygiene practices in their daily regimen. Teeth and hair brushing should be part of their morning and evening ritual. Trimming their nails should be done weekly and bath time should be a precursor for their bedtime story. Soon they will start to accept that all these activities are part of life.
- Engage them by adding their favorite things. You can pump up their excitements by giving them a toothbrush that has cartoon character designs, a fancy bath towel or a cute hair brush.
- Foot hygiene is another important grooming to teach them. Make them understand that keeping their feet clean will reduce the risk of having smelly feet and foot infections. Wash their feet as often as necessary and dry it especially the in-between toes.
- You should also focus on their toilet hygiene especially if the kids are already toilet-trained. Educate them on effective ways of cleaning their private parts such as wiping their genital from front to back with toilet paper. They should also know to use the bidet and flush the toilet after using the washroom.
Children’s skin, teeth, and body differ from that of an adult, so it is better to use relevant products such as shampoo, soap, lotion, and toothpaste to prevent skin irritation. Likewise, reiterate to them why it is not all right to share personal things such as pillows, bath towel, hats and combs to avoid lice infestation.
Good grooming and hygiene start at home. As parents or guardians, we should implement precise guides and methods and set as an example to the children and encourage them to stay hygienic. More than just cleanliness and vanity make them understand that it is to keep them healthy and prevents them from getting sick.