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It's never too late to teach your kids hygiene

It's never too late to teach your kids hygiene

Personal hygiene is an important factor that reduces the risk of defective health conditions. Hygienic practices are carried out as a preventive measure to keep people away from various diseases. In simple words, personal hygiene is the way you keep your body clean. (Not to mention your clothes)

Your body will come into contact with thousands and thousands of germs every day. (The real villains!) Don’t take these germs lightly, they actually have the power to cause serious health issues. This is where personal hygiene practices help us. (Shout out to these Saviours!) These practices aid people in getting rid of those dangerous germs.

So this article provides insights in teaching your children personal hygiene practices and its importance.

What is personal hygiene?

Personal hygiene is the practice of maintaining the cleanliness of one’s body and clothing to preserve overall health and well-being. (Healthy body is a sign of happy being) There are various kinds of personal hygiene such as toilet hygiene, nail hygiene, teeth hygiene, hands hygiene and sickness hygiene. Hygiene is inevitable in our daily life. It makes you feel good and confident about yourself. This is why it is important to inculcate this habit in your kids.

Why personal hygiene is important?

Promoting personal hygiene practices in your children does a lot more than shielding them from germs and diseases. It helps to make them feel and look fresh and good. (No one would like to sit next to a smelly kid) These practices develop self-confidence in the kids. They will feel more comfortable and confident while moving around. (A stepping stone for success) Children with good personal hygiene are likely to come across less socializing issues. These kids will blend with their peers faster than the ones who don’t practice hygiene. Considering these factors, educating the kids about personal hygiene is the prime duty of any parent.

Here’s how you can teach kids hygiene

• Washing hands-Teach the kids to wash their hands before and after food. Give them a demonstration on how to clean the hands properly. Make sure that you provide them with clean clothes to wipe the hands after every wash. Use hand wash lotions to put those germs to the death.

Brushing the teeth- Teach the kids before you let them practise. The brush should be kept in 45 degrees so that it makes the job easier. Ask them to move the brush back and forth the teeth. (But gently, else you’ll end up with torn gums) Do not forget to tell them about the importance of cleaning the tongue.

Taking shower- There are only two possibilities when it comes to bathing, your child will either love it or hate it. But helping them to cultivate the habit of taking a shower twice a day is very important. Teach them to take bath once before school and once after school. Ensure that they apply soap or shower gel every time they take a bath. The skin in the face is more delicate than the other parts, so ask them to be gentle while scrubbing the face.

Haircare- You may not give much importance to the hair, but this is where most of the dust particles get accumulated. This causes some serious problems like dandruff, (Not that easy to get rid of) lice, and other infections in the scalp. So, washing the hair at least twice a week will be beneficial. Assist your kid in washing it thoroughly with shampoo and make sure they rinse it properly. Treat the child immediately in case of head lice.

Nail hygiene- The nails are the minutest part of the body where a lot of germs take accommodation. And when the child bites the nails, these micro-organisms will get into their body. So, discourage the kids if they tend to bite the nails often. Teach them to cut the nails at regular intervals. Ask them to pay attention to the nails while washing the hands.

Toilet cleanliness- Toilet is the host of a number of germs and micro-organisms. It is necessary to teach your kids good toilet hygiene. Make them flush the toilet on their own. Also, remind the kids to wash their hands every time after using it. The best way to teach them is guiding them throughout the process until they are ready to do it by themselves.

These are some of the ways to educate your children on personal hygiene practices. Teach the children everything about cleanliness and wait for those to become conscious of it. (Do not expect the kids to become a hygiene freak overnight!) Setting reminders, posting the signboards and regular reinforcement will help the children grow this habit of personal hygiene. 


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Jenifer Deivanayagam

Research Intern


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