Part of being a parent includes educating your children about healthy hygiene practices. Find out how children can enjoy daily hygiene with a few tips and tricks.
It’s no fun to be sick, but when you’re a parent of young children, it seems like germs and infections are everywhere! Watch out for germs flying through the air when your child’s playmate sneezes. They’ll spread through food after your little one eats an apple slice that falls on the floor. Or sometimes you comfort your crying child after they falls off their bike, only later to notice the remnants of a runny nose and skinned knee on your new white pants.
So we get it- germs happen- but that’s why good hygiene is essential. Since your kids will imitate your behavior, it’s important to be a good role model and set a standard for them.
Tips for good hygiene
You should set up your child’s room so that they can do some things for themselves at an early age. Get a stool so your child can easily reach the sink, faucet, soap and toothbrush accessories. Make sure they can see themselves in a mirror. You should also hang a towel for the child at an accessible height. Establishing new habits can take a while, so allow enough time and be patient! You want your kids to enjoy adopting good personal hygiene; not feel pressured.
Hygiene tip number 1 – Washing hands
Wash your hands together with your child and explain each movement step-by-step. After a few times, your child can do this alone. Hand washing can also be fun if, for example, you let your child play with the soap. Explain to your child that they should always wash their hands after eating, playing, going to the toilet and even after shopping. The importance of handwashing to prevent disease was outlined in a two-part study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Hygiene tip number 2 – Dental hygiene
Your child wants to take over the task of tooth brushing? That’s good news!
Just support the fun aspect by letting the child play a bit with the water. But take care that you always do a final once-over until they’ve reached school age.
Hygiene tip number 3 – Face washing
So that children don’t remember “face washing” as a boring activity, you can easily make it more appealing in a playful way. First of all, your child should be allowed to take charge of the washcloth. Once they are finished cleaning, take the cloth and “greet” all the spots on their face. This can be a bit silly, as in the following:
“Good morning right eye, good morning left eye, good morning ears, good morning nose,” etc., until you’ve washed all parts of the face. In this way, the child remembers everything that should be washed and at the same time early morning washing fun is guaranteed.
Hygiene tip number 4 – Moisturizing
Especially in winter, many children get rough or pimply skin. At those times, you should use odorless moisturizing cream or lotion on your child. This is also a good way for children to get to know their bodies better.
As with everything else, the right amount of personal hygiene is essential. If, for example, you overdo hygiene and wash too often, the acid mantle of the skin can break down, so you’re more vulnerable to germs.
There are interesting discussions and studies around the possibility that too much hygiene can also be harmful. Some say, for example, that if children grow up in an environment that is too sterile, it could lead to an inability to develop a defense against bacteria. This in turn could potentially increase the susceptibility to infection and also result in allergies.
Therefore, take note: As with everything else, hygiene in moderation is the best route to follow.