Children are considered to be like clay that can be molded in any way the parents please. However, the molding stops and the clay solidifies, making it difficult to make changes later in life. Therefore, you should ensure that you teach some good habits to your child at a young age.
Personal hygiene is among the most important good habits that will significantly influence your child’s life. No parent likes others labeling their child as having bad hygiene, and it demoralizes the child as well. Personal hygiene is much needed for your child to grow to become a responsible person. However, personal hygiene is not restricted to the conventional sense of cleanliness but includes practices for the overall well-being of the child.
Though your children will not handle food at a young age, they will imitate their parent’s food hygiene. You as a parent will be in an embarrassing situation if your child imitates or points out your bad hygiene before everyone. Therefore, you should maintain good hygiene yourself and teach your children to do the same.
Unhealthy food causes conditions like diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting and can lead to food poisoning. As parents, you must maintain hygiene while preparing, handling and serving food. The key to educating your children about food hygiene is to tell them about what will happen if they do not maintain food hygiene. It would be best to say that bad food hygiene can bring germs into the food that will go into their mouths and bodies while eating.
You can undertake good practices in the kitchen, which will impact your child’s overall food hygiene. You must always cook while wearing an apron and even give your child one if they are helping you out. You should always tie your hair if you have long hair while cooking. You must always roll up your sleeve before cooking to prevent grease stains on your clothes. Most importantly, you should never cough or sneeze on your food lest it gets contaminated with germs. You should try to wash your hands after sneezing and before you handle your food again.
Dining and Food Storage Hygiene
You must make sure that your children wash their hands before and after eating. Washing your hands is not keeping your hands under the tap for a few seconds. Instead, it would be best to teach your children how to wash their hands with soap and water and clean their hands with a clean cloth after washing. It would help if you replaced the cloth at regular intervals.
You should teach your child how to organize and store food in the refrigerator and which foods can be kept outside. Moreover, you should not leave any food without a container and should keep the lids sealed at all times.
Children are curious, and their hands are their most potent weapons. However, these hands also bring various diseases like diarrhea. The easiest way to prevent them is by washing hands regularly.
You must let your child know that washing hands involves getting your hand wet, rubbing them with soap to form a lather, cleaning under the nails and fingers, washing them entirely, and cleaning with a cloth. They must also be taught when to wash their hands, like when they use the bathroom, play outside, meet a sick friend, touch an animal, sneeze or cough, come home from outside, and before and after eating.
It is the teeth of a child that make them beautiful. If they do not take proper care of their teeth, they will be vulnerable to cavities, bad breath, plague and other oral diseases early, which is not a good sign. Therefore, you must make sure that your children follow the “brush your teeth twice a day” rule with children’s toothbrushes as they are easier for children to handle and are soft on a child’s gum. You must not let sweet food linger in your child’s mouth for too long lest it leads to cavities. If your child has wiggly teeth by the age of six, you should let them take the wiggly teeth out so that it falls off without much bleeding or pain.
A bath is the easiest way for a child to stay safe and healthy. You must teach your child to bathe twice a day. While bathing, you should encourage them to scrub their armpits, legs and feet gently. You must ensure that your child applies soap all over their body while bathing. It would be best to take extra care when your child cleans their face by themselves as the facial skin is delicate.
Poor hair hygiene in your child makes them vulnerable to hair conditions like itches, dandruff and lice. Your children are most likely to get these from other children they are likely to contact. Therefore, to avoid this situation, you must teach your children to take proper care of their hair.
You must ensure that your children wash their hair at least twice a week to keep it dirt and grease-free. From washing their hair for them, you can relegate to the supervisor’s role when your child can wash their hair on their own. However, you can still supervise them while they apply the shampoo or rinse it with water.
It would be best if you got your child’s lice problem treated at the earliest. If your children have long hair, you should encourage them to tie their hair not to get dirty. Most importantly, you should discourage your child from sharing their combs or pillows with other children as it is the leading transmitter of hair conditions.
When children play out in the sand and mud, microbes and germs enter their nails. It is natural for children to keep their hands in their mouths and bite their nails when they are young. However, it paves the way for microbes and bacteria to enter the body. Therefore, you must strongly discourage this practice.
You can either let your child cut their nails regularly or cut them for them. Since the gaps between the nails are difficult to reach, you must teach them to wash between the nails and ensure that they are always clean. Like your child’s fingernails, you should pay attention to their toenails.
Since it is the toilet that contains the maximum number of germs in the house and is among the most visited spots in a home, children must know what to do after they use a toilet.
You should teach your child to wash or wipe themselves after a stool and how to flush. Most importantly, your children should be taught to clean their hands after using the bathroom.