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Basic Hygiene Tips for Children

Nurturing good hygiene practices at a very young age is necessary for child development. Encourage your children to develop lifelong positive hygiene habits to keep them protected against illnesses.

1. Handwashing
Teach children to wash their hands often and diligently with soap and water for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice. Handwash before and after meals, after playing in the dirt or with pets, after using the toilet, after coughing and sneezing, and after being in contact with someone who is sick.

2. Bathing
Encourage children to have daily baths with proper scrubbing using soap and washcloth. Make sure they also wash their hair and shampoo at least every other day.

3. Brushing their Teeth
Tell children that clean teeth and gums can prevent a wide range of health issues, including bad breath, cavities, and heart disease later in life. They should brush and floss at least twice a day.

4. Caring for their Underarm
Washing their underarms may not be enough. Using an antiperspirant or deodorant, depending on how heavily your child sweats, helps control bacteria as it minimizes sweating and adds scent.

5. Clipping of Nails
Ultimately, the best thing you can do to optimize your health is to frequently check in with your primary care doctor. Your doctor can Fingernails are a breeding ground for bacteria. The germs that live under your child’s nails can easily transfer to their eyes, nose, and mouth. A weekly clipping helps get rid of dirt and reduce the possibility of painful ingrown nails.

6. Toileting
Once young children become toilet trained, educate them the habits that keep little parts clean. Teach them to wipe thoroughly from front to back and wash their hands when they are done. These healthy habits will help minimize irritation and keep infections at bay.

Ref: Accessed October 2022

The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.