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10 Hygiene Rules to Teach Your Kids From an Early Age

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Hygiene for Kids

Kids generally have a tough time keeping up with hygiene and when you ask them to clean up, you aren’t sure if your request is going to be met or not. Their reactions are often as unpredictable as the weather.  However, irrespective if they like to wash up or not, it is of utmost importance for them to learn personal hygiene. Make sure to teach your child these ten hygiene rules as early as possible.

Washing hands

Encourage proper hand washing before and after meals, after using the potty, and upon return from outdoors. Fill the bowl with warm water and coach your child to rub his hands thoroughly with soap, rinse, and dry. Consider making it fun with towels and soaps having cartoon or animated characters on them. Washing your hands frequently is an ideal way to prevent germs from spreading.

Oral hygiene

Teach your kid to brush his teeth twice a day to prevent tooth decay and gum diseases.

It is advised to supervise him until he is capable of doing it himself and you are sure, he will not skip the practice. Demonstrate how to open his mouth wide and scrub inside.

Bathing

Like adults, kids must also take a bath daily in order to stay clean. Although, your young one may not be quite ready to bathe on his own, you should encourage your child to get more responsible about his cleanliness. Try to make bath time fun and enjoyable by adding bubbles to water or using bath toys.

Short nails

Keep your child’s nails short and clean. Longer nails trap dirt and considerably increase the chances of spreading germs. As you may often find it difficult to clip your child’s nails, do it when he is distracted watching television or when he’s asleep.

Keep it private

Playing or touching his private parts isn’t just unhygienic, but also embarrassing when done in public. Calmly explain your child the difference between private and public, and point out those things that do not make up for a good public display. 

Wiping up

Hygiene is not just about washing hands after using the toilet; wiping the bottom and flushing the toilet is also a part of the rule. Use wet toilet wipes to teach your child how to clean himself. 

Hair washing

Even though washing hair daily is not recommended, encourage it at least once or twice weekly. This helps to prevent scalp problems, dandruff issues, and hair odor.

Sneezing

Teach your child to sneeze or cough into a handkerchief or tissue and then disposing it off. This will not only help in keeping personal hygiene but will also help to prevent the transmission of germs from one to another. Discourage nose picking.

Clothing

Wearing clean and comfortable clothes is very essential to maintain personal hygiene. Make sure your child changes into fresh clothes at-least thrice a day-morning, evening, and during bedtime.

Ear Picking

Just like any other part of the body, cleaning your earwax is very important. If ignored, it can impair your child’s hearing. Teach him to clean up his ears regularly using a fresh cotton bud and discourage ear picking with fingers. Make sure that you supervise this task as it can lead to serious medical issues if left unattended.

These are some of the hygiene rules you should teach your kids from an early age in order to give them a healthy and happy life. As kids often imitate their parents, you must become a role model by incorporating these rules in your routine.

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