G ood practice of personal hygiene habits will fight off illnesses and diseases, have a healthy appearance and overall, stay healthy. Sometimes children have difficulty practicing good hygiene habits and it’s hard to offer the right support. Parents and educators can learn about different ways to advise children on proactive ways to take care of themselves.
Normally, parents and educators assume they are informing children how to take care of their bodies, but sometimes they do not realize different strategies. Below is a list of eight hygiene habit ideas to help make taking care of ourselves a little bit easier.
1. Hand Washing
Hand washing is a common practice of hygiene that should be implemented from a very young age. This hygiene habit can help eliminate germs and bacteria almost instantly. It is an activity that should be implemented at home, inside the classroom and anywhere a child goes and interacts with in its environment.
To make things more fun, have the child count to a specific number so they do not get bored while washing their hands. You can also create a simple rhyme instead of counting, to keep them entertained.
2. Potty Training & Beyond
Potty training usually begins at a very young age. Some children easily learn while others may struggle from time to time. It’s important that we help children understand that cleaning our private parts is vital to keeping healthy. If we do not keep these parts clean children can become susceptible to strong odors and infections.
In order to make sure a child is cleaning themselves properly, make sure to inform them to clean themselves ‘till the toilet paper is clean. Another way to educate children on this topic is to make sure their toilet paper is dry.
Many children like to play outside. They normally run around in dirt and interact with different environments, objects and people on a daily basis. This means they come in contact with many different germs, making them prone to different infections or illnesses. Bathing is vital for a child, especially when coming in contact with different germs.
To practice good hygiene when it comes to bathing, you can buy your child’s favorite soap or even bubbles to make things more interesting. Having a preferred soap may encourage them to clean all parts of their body without a problem. Also, adding some toys to make bath time fun may make things easier as well.
4. Brushing Your Teeth
Many children wake up and the first thing they do is go to the bathroom to brush their teeth. Having your child brush their teeth at least twice a day helps keep their teeth nice and white, as well as prevent bacteria from growing from ruining your teeth. In addition to brushing your teeth, it’s important to add flossing and mouth wash to your child’s routine. This will help maintain healthy oral hygiene.
Sometimes brushing your teeth can be boring for a child. In order to make things more interesting, you can put on your child’s favorite song or even buy special toothpaste to get your child excited. Keeping your child entertained makes time go quicker for them, in addition to practicing good oral hygiene.
5. Brushing Your Hair
Brushing your hair is very important, whether you have short or long hair. If we do not brush our hair, chances are our hair will become knotty and break our hair strands. Also, when we are swimming inside a swimming pool, our hair comes in contact with different chemicals which can also damage our hair. It’s important that we wash our hair when we bath, in order to keep our hair healthy.
A great way we can take care of our child’s hair is if we wash it and comb it regularly. Another way to take care of our hair is to use covered rubber bands when putting our hair in a pony tail. If we use plain rubber bands, it will cause our hair to get knotty and break.
We can’t help it, we all sneeze, especially children. Sometimes sneezes are brought on by something tickling our noses whether it’s allergies or something unrelated. When children are inside a classroom, they tend to sneeze in the middle of class and do not take the proper precautions to stay healthy.
Sometimes when children are in this position, we can pack travel sized tissues this way they are on hand whenever needed. Packing wipes to help clean their hands afterward, can also be beneficial. This can also help clean not just their noses, but other body parts that might be affected after a sneeze, too. They will have resources where ever to help support their personal hygiene.
7. Clipping Fingernails
Taking care of our fingernails is important for a few different reasons. While many children may feel more comfortable grabbing different toys without long fingernails, it is also a hygiene habit that should be implemented. Not taking care of our fingernails can lead to bacteria and dirt getting trapped underneath your fingernails, causing illness or infection.
A way to maintain healthy fingernails is to make sure they are clipped every week. This helps avoid any dirt or bacteria from being trapped underneath. Remember, children tend to grab every toy they see, touch everything that interests them and interact with different people. Children come in contact throughout the day with many different germs, all by using their hands.
8. Foot Care
Taking care of your feet is also important, as it’s something parents and educators might overlook at times. If children do not take care of their feet, they run the risk of developing athletes foot, a fungal infection or other illnesses.
To practice good foot care, parents can buy their children thinner socks to prevent their feet from sweating so much. Another good habit to form is having your child wear sandals in the summertime. This will also the child’s feet to breath, getting oxygen and being exposed to the outside air. Germs will have a hard time getting trapped, eliminating risk of infections.