Teaching Your Kids about Hygiene

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Kids love to play around and get themselves dirty. Be it mud, sand or water nothing will stop them from jumping right in. If you’re a parent of a toddler you would know how difficult it is to keep them clean and tidy. It is important for children to experience these as a part of their childhood because these experiences improve their physical and mental growth. Therefore do not try to stop your kids from getting themselves dirty, instead teach them how they can clean up and be conscious of good hygiene. Below are a few tips you can follow.

Hand-washing

One of the best ways to keep your toddler clean and healthy is by demonstrating the proper way to clean his/her hands. Explain why it’s important using simple terms, such as “We must wash our hands with soap and water to get rid of dirt and germs that could make us sick.”

List the times when he/she needs to wash hands. Ex: before eating and after, after using the potty, after blowing his/her nose and after playing outside.

Bathing

Your child won’t be able to scrub in the shower by him/ herself for several years, but she/he’s capable of learning the basics. Focus on the fact that taking a bath is a fun way to get clean. Teach your kids that it is a must to bathe after playing outside, in the morning and before they go to bed. Teaching these at an early age helps them remember and understand the importance of being clean.

Coughing and sneezing etiquette

‘Show-and-tell’ is the best strategy for teaching your child these skills. Demonstrate what to do when you sneeze. You can also show them how to wipe a runny nose and cough into a tissue. You cannot expect your child to master these techniques right away, but eventually they will.

Tooth brushing

A toddler wouldn’t know how to brush his/her teeth on his/her own. But you can brush his/her teeth for them until they can practice it on their own. Keeping teeth clean is very important, it keep cavities etc away. When your child is between 12-24 months of age, you can use a toddler tooth brush with very gentle bristles to brush the teeth, avoid tooth paste until your toddler learns to spit it out. Once you start to practice this on your child he/she will eventually follow you and learn how important it is to keep clean teeth.