How To Teach Your Little One Healthy Hygiene Habits
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When it comes to kids, bugs are a normal part of life. After all, your curious little one likely spends their days mingling with other children on the playground, at childcare or at school, and encountering a range of germs along the way.
Germs can spread via physical contact with others, along with airborne droplets from coughs or sneezes, and touching shared surfaces throughout the day, may all contribute to the spread of unwanted bugs and germs. (6)
So, it’s important we to teach your child healthy hygiene habits to help support their immune system, which is their very own inbuilt defence against germs. By forming these habits in early childhood, you may help lay the groundwork for good hygiene all the way into adulthood.
At Brauer, we understand that teaching your little one how to be a hygiene hero is an important but sometimes challenging process. Luckily, these helpful-yet-simple tips may help make the process an enjoyable experience for parent and child alike.
Germs commonly spread by hand contact, so ensuring your child washes their hands regularly may help keep unwanted germs at bay.
Encourage your little one to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water when they look dirty and before they consume food (1). Other times it’s important for your child to wash their hands include after playing with animals, sneezing or playing outside.
To help make the habit stick, you may like to try making handwashing fun. Finding a song to sing while washing, using different coloured soaps, or starting a sticker chart where they can earn points for every hand wash may all help keep your little one engaged.
Encouraging your child to sneeze into a tissue or their elbow is another way they may help to limit the spread of bugs.
When children sneeze directly into their hands, they may spread germs to the surfaces and people they touch afterwards. When it comes to blowing their noses, tissues may be softer on their little noses than hankies and can be conveniently disposed after use. Using soft tissues instead of hankies are better on little noses. Remember to teach your child to throw away used tissues immediately (2).
It’s also important to teach your child about limiting their face touching too as germs have the ability to spread through touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands(3). When we touch our faces with unwashed hands, we may transfer unwanted bugs to our eyes, nose and moth.
For this reason, teaching your little one to limit face touching may help to further reduce the spread of germs.
Finally, regular baths or showers are an integral part of a hygiene routine and help to freshen up your child after a long day of being a kid.
Bathing may also be a helpful addition to your little one’s end-of-day routine as part of the transition to a calmer, evening space.
Although it’s normal or kids to encounter bugs and germs every now and then, if you have any concerns about your child’s immune health, take them to see your friendly GP.
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