To start with the famous quote, "Hygiene is two-thirds of health"; emphasizes how important is hygiene for a healthy living for every individual. Following good hygiene must start at as early as in the childhood itself, as it helps the child shield himself from the attack of disease causing organisms from the surroundings.
Children aren’t born with knowing all the hygiene habits of their bodies. Parents & pediatricians play an important role in the process to make them learn good hygiene habits. These habits help boosts their self-esteem and confidence too.
Training kids to maintain overall hygiene is as important as child development. So, let’s get into the blog to know how to instill hygiene care in your children.
1. Dental hygiene:
We all know that it is important to brush teeth to keep teeth clean and healthy. Let them know how important is brushing teeth to keep toothaches and dental caries at bay. Your child must learn brushing teeth and tongue twice a day; before they start the day and before they go to sleep at night. As a parent, make sure to visit pediatric care centers for regular dental checkups
2. Bathing or showering time:
Kids need regular baths or showers. Instruct them to take their bath twice a day, before they head out to school and after coming back. Tell them to apply soap every time they take a shower. Tell them to clean all parts of their body especially armpits, groin, hands, legs and feet. Make sure that their body gets thoroughly dried before they get dressed.
3. Instruct them to wash their hands properly:
Washing hands is the most important hygiene habit. Undoubtedly, this is the best way to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses. Make sure they carry a sanitizer with them to sanitize their hands whenever needed. They should wash their hands frequently in the following situations:
4. Covering from sneezes and coughs:
Germs can easily spread far and wide on a sneeze or cough. Tell your child to cover the mouth or nose with a tissue when they sneeze or cough. After the usage of tissue, remind them to throw or flush away the tissue and then wash their hands.
5. Nail hygiene care:
Make sure to keep your children’s nails short and clean. It is a must to trim fingernails weekly once and need to brush them daily with soap to avoid an accumulation of dirt and germs.
6. Should maintain proper hair care:
Make a habit for your child to wash their hair with shampoo at least every other day. And they need to brush their hair daily that gets rid of dead hair. This results in avoiding dandruff and lice in hair.
7. Clothes and shoes:
Kids need to wear fresh clothes every day, even if their old clothes don’t smell. Also, they need to change their socks every day and clean their shoes.
8. Develop a habit to take care of their skin:
Skincare is very essential for children of all age groups. Often children develop skin rashes, bumps and scabs. So tell them to check for such marks on skin regularly. Just instruct them to look over the skin from head to toe to ensure they don’t have any new marks on their skin that need care. It is equally important to go for regular pediatric health care to make sure they are healthy.
We must help our children learn healthy habits to inculcate self-care which goes a long way as they grow. Teachers and Doctors do help train kids about personal hygiene and impact on health for not following good habits.