Top 6 Hygiene Habits to Teach Your Kids

Award-winning author, Maureen Healy, states that children up to the age of eight are the most impressionable. They can easily be influenced during these years. So, it is the perfect time to teach them some wonderful hygiene habits that would benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Washing of Hands
washing-of-handsKids should imbibe the habit of washing their hands with soap and water before and after meals. Hands should also be washed after playtime or after engaging in sweaty or outdoor activities. After using the toilet, hands must be thoroughly washed. Germs, bacteria and other micro-organisms residing inside the fingernails and between the fingers are gotten rid of when we wash our hands.

Bathing Twice a Day
Some kids enjoy having their bath and some intensely dislike it. For the first set of kids, getting them to bathe twice a day would be no problem at all. For the second set of kids however, a lot of tactics must be employed to coax them into the habit of bathing twice a day. Bathing in the morning refreshes and enervates you for the day ahead. Bathing at night cleans and rids you of sweat, body odor and germs accumulated during the day.

Brushing Your Teeth Twice a Day
kid-brushing-teethAccording to a San Diego oral surgery professional, just like bathing, brushing of the teeth must also be done twice a day; at morning and at night. Brushing helps to keep the teeth healthy. Food particles get lodged between the teeth and toothpicks might not be able to get them out completely. Proper brushing with a medically recommended toothpaste cleans and rids the teeth of such particles. Brushing regularly keeps the teeth sparkling white, prevents mouth odor, toothaches, and gum diseases.

Flushing the Toilet Always
Keeping the toilet clean is a good hygiene practice, and this can be achieved by regularly flushing the toilet after use. This habit also prevents infections and toilet diseases. Girls must also be taught how to clean themselves up after using the toilet. Good toilet practices is key for healthy living. Changing the Bedsheets Regularly Bedsheets should be changed weekly. Even though they don’t seem dirty, take them off, along with the pillow cases, and place them in the laundry basket. This minimizes the chances of contracting infections and diseases.

Eating Fruits
Teach your kids to develop the habit of eating fruits. Give them fruits instead of junks during snack time. Hygiene is more than just the outward acts. What you take into your body system also matters. Nothing can take the place of good hygiene practices. Hygiene is necessary for healthy living. Its benefits include:

  • It keeps one looking fresh and healthy
  • It aids the proper growth and development of children.
  • It saves costs, as diseases that would have required large sums of money for treatment are prevented through proper hygiene practices.
  • It increases the probability or likelihood of living to a ripe old age.
  • Faithful adherence to good hygiene practices obliterates the possibility of body or mouth odor. This helps to boost self-esteem and increase confidence.