Do you think kids are clean when they come back from school or when they come back from playing in a park?
Is just washing hands with water ok after they come back?
Kids play in the dirt, climb trees, touch insects and jump around in the dirty water. They actually need more than just water to clean their hands and body parts. Personal Hygiene and cleanliness are important to prevent diseases which are commonly seen in kids like upset stomach, common cold or viral.
- Teach them to clean their hands properly- I have taught my girls to wash their hands with soap and water whenever they come from outside. Our hands carry germs which are invisible to the naked eye. Teach them to rub their hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing with water nicely. Half of the problems are because of dirty hands. Kids have a habit of putting everything in their mouth and germs are carried from hands through food directly to stomach causing health problems.
Make sure your kids to wash their hands-
- After going to bathroom or using toilet
- After coming from outside
- Before and after eating
- After touching or playing with an animal
- After touching garbage
- After sneezing, coughing or blowing nose.
2. Using a sanitiser- Soap is good for washing hands but sometimes we need to clean our hands thoroughly. Sanitisers help to kill harmful bacteria’s as most of the health problems are because of contaminated hands. Apart from the gel form, it is available in the form of tissues and antibacterial wipes.
Make sure you carry a sanitiser or wipes with you when travelling with kids. It can not only help to maintain hygiene but also keep them clean.
3. Oral Hygiene– I have taught both my daughters to brush their teeth at least 2 times a day. While elder one is very particular about her oral hygiene, younger one needs a push every day. Healthy gums can prevent a wide range of health issues like cavities later in life. Teach them to not only brush but also floss twice a day.
- Twice brushing the teeth
- Daily flossing
- Use mouthwash after eating something
- Visit the dentist regularly.
4.Nails and hair Hygiene- I am writing about nails separately as nails are a breeding ground for many diseases. I know it’s not easy to ask kids to cut their nails and my girls run away from me whenever I ask them to cut their nails. But nail hygiene is very important to stay healthy and clean. All the bacteria’s from nails can spread to mouth and eyes causing problems.
Hair also needs care. Kids should be taught to shampoo them at least twice a week with a good shampoo. Lice, dandruff, and itchy scalp are the results of unhygienic hair conditions.
5.Clean Surroundings- Last but not least, I feel it is important to keep our surroundings clean and hygienic in order to stay healthy. Kids should be taught to keep everything clean around them to maintain personal hygiene. Good personal hygiene is an important step for good health.
Teach your kids to-
- Keep their dirty clothes separately and give them for the wash.
- Teach them to stay dry and clean.
- Teach your kids about proper bathing.
- Ask them to use tissues for cleaning instead of wiping them here and there.
Good habits start early and go a long way. As moms, it’s our duty to make sure our kids learn the value of personal hygiene and also implement it in their day to day activities. Kids are normally careless about hygiene and cleanliness and it’s our duty as parents to teach them good habits. Some basic strategies can help your kids as inside cleanliness is as important as outside appearance.
Do you agree with me moms? How do you teach your kids the value of personal hygiene?
June 25, 2017 at 10:16 am
Cleanliness and hygiene are very important topics .My daughter is 5 and most times sge remembers to wash hand by herself .But I still keep an eye.
June 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm
June 25, 2017 at 6:06 pm
That is a helpful post
June 25, 2017 at 6:40 pm
June 26, 2017 at 12:27 pm
Good post, and I agree with all
The points! Hand wash and nails too important;)
June 26, 2017 at 1:24 pm
June 27, 2017 at 7:59 pm
Wish I had these tips when my song was a child lol He was such a stubborn boy when it came to stuff like this. Will definitely be passing this on to my other mom friends with kids
June 27, 2017 at 11:14 pm
June 27, 2017 at 8:24 pm
This is super important! I personally don’t have kids but I will be sending this my sister’s way for my nieces and nephews!!
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June 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm
June 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm
This is the perfect post! It’s so hard to get my daughter to remember to do so many things on this list.
June 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm
June 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm
Nice post! I have three little ladies in my house hold and it is always a struggle to get them to do these things on the daily. Sometimes I must threaten to take away their electronics in order for them to do it. The trick in the summer is to make sure they do it right away in the morning and brush their teeth right after lunch everyday. That way it is a general routine and they can’t really be lazy about it. Thanks for sharing. Cheers
June 27, 2017 at 11:56 pm
I agree David..its not easy to makekids do all this but its important. Thanks for reading.
June 28, 2017 at 12:35 am
It’s really important to teach children at a young age for hygiene. Very good post!
June 28, 2017 at 8:39 am
June 28, 2017 at 5:37 am
These are such great tips! Teaching your kids the importance of washing their hands is a great life skill to have.
June 28, 2017 at 8:40 am
Thanks ..glad you liked it
June 28, 2017 at 5:58 am
I think I did a good job with my son. He is really taking a good care of his hygiene and he’s so organized.
June 28, 2017 at 8:41 am
That’s really good..you are doing a good job as a mom. Thanks.
July 6, 2017 at 6:15 pm
These are very essential.
July 28, 2017 at 10:02 pm
Such a great post!! I remember how I hated to brush my teeth when I was a kid. How does it come that children don´t want to be hygienic?
July 28, 2017 at 11:23 pm
Haha..I agree ..its hard to make kids understand. Thanks
July 28, 2017 at 11:41 pm
Kids are always playing and touching whatever, so hygiene is so important. All of these are very important to teach. I teach English in Spain and over there, washing your hands after using the toilet is not something people always do. So of course the kids don’t always either. It’s so gross.
July 30, 2017 at 11:15 am
Oh Yes..kids need to be reminded time and again about hygiene as they touch everything. Thanks Nina.
July 29, 2017 at 12:17 am
Oh this is so so important, especially from a young age. I am forever battling my little ones with hand washing, it’s like they don’t want to make time for it. I live in hope that once they are old enough to understand germs it will get easier!
July 30, 2017 at 11:17 am
Oh Yes..WHen they are small ..its difficult to make them understand. But as moms, we can try to make them learn. Thanks.
July 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm
Thank you for the useful tips. They are useful and will implement them on my stubborn 7 years old.
July 30, 2017 at 11:17 am
July 29, 2017 at 8:57 pm
Oh, I needed this so much! More so to my better half, lol.. He is actually tired of my extra particular hygiene habits;).
July 30, 2017 at 11:18 am
July 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm
Awesome Tips!! I have always tried to be sure my Kids are aware of their personal hygiene and how important it is to maintain it.
July 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm
July 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
These are great tips for clean kids! I definitely think teaching them the me importance of clean hands and how to do it is the best way!
July 30, 2017 at 11:07 pm
July 31, 2017 at 12:04 am
Brush your teeth sounds like. ” Drink Milk ” to my kid .. Takes everyday 20-30 min to get this done .. but hopefully he will learn.. Chandresh
August 1, 2017 at 7:31 pm
hygiene and cleaning up properly is SO important and teaching them early about cleaning their hands is definitely the best way to go!
August 1, 2017 at 10:28 pm
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