How to Develop Good Cleaning Habits In Children
Healthy hygiene can make for healthy habits. Every child should understand the purpose of maintaining a well cleaned body, and the long term benefits. Below we share some basic pointers on things that you can teach your child to help them to maintain good hygiene. Also, please note that there are some basic habit that are specific to each gender.
The Basics of Bathing
Teach your child to wash hands before eating or preparing food, after going to the toilet, and after playing or touching animals or dirty things. Explain to them the importance of using water and soap over hands and wrists. Also share with them why it is important to dry their hands thoroughly.
Let your child know that regular baths or showers will keep him/her clean and healthy. Children like routines, therefore, creating a bath time at the end of the day near bedtime will provide your child with a good routine for cleanliness. If your child is not old enough yet to clean themselves, always make bath time fun with games and toys, but remember to never leave your child alone at bath time. Teacher your daughters to gently wash their middle parts and the importance of washing from front to back to avoid any urinary tract infections.
Developing Good Oral Hygiene
Moms and dads have a key role in helping their children to develop a proper oral hygiene routine in the first years of their life. Parents should lead and supervise their children’s tooth brushing approximately for the first 12 years, until motor and mental functions allow the child to routinely perform a proper tooth brushing technique.
After brushing the teeth for their children for the first 2 years of life, parents should use playful motivation to encourage their children to brush their own teeth from about 3 years old onwards. Each time the child has finished brushing, parents should re-brush the hard-to-clean areas. At the age of around 6 years old, children are able to brush their teeth using a proper brushing technique. In this phase, parents have to continue supervising the regular brushing efforts of their children.
Hygiene isn’t just about maintaining a good look. Teaching children early is a proactive way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Good hygiene habits will help your child to stay healthy, ward off illnesses and, maintain a healthy body.