It is critical to teach children the fundamentals of excellent personal hygiene in order to keep them healthy and clean. It is especially vital for grade-schoolers to practice excellent hygiene, particularly handwashing, because they spend so much of their time in the classroom in close contact with one another, sharing everything from desks to chairs to crayons to germs.
When your child approaches adolescence, hormonal changes cause an increase in oil production and body odor. That’s when you’ll be glad you didn’t wait until then to instill good health and hygiene habits. Here are five basic personal hygiene behaviors to instill in your child.
Teaching your child how to wash his or her hands is probably the most important health and hygiene habit. Think about all the different objects and surfaces you touch on a daily basis. Hand washing is, without a doubt, one of the best ways to prevent illnesses and stop germs from spreading.
With younger grade-schoolers, you may need to remind them from time to time not to splash and dash, or run their hands under the tap for 2 seconds without soap and call it done. Make sure your child uses soap and lathers for at least 15 seconds with the tap turned off to conserve water before rinsing. A good rule of thumb is to wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
Sneezing and Coughing
Germs can spread far and wide. You may already be aware that a sneeze may travel up to 100 miles per hour and release 100,000 germs into the air. According to research, sneezes and coughs can travel up to 200 times farther than previously thought. Make it a habit for your child to cover his or her mouth and nose with a tissue, or to put their arm in the crook of their arm if they can’t get a tissue quickly enough.
Showering and bathing
Evening showers, according to many parents, are the ideal method to soothe a child before bed. Bathing in the evening can also assist to alleviate the morning rush. Showers are preferred by some grade-schoolers, and they can also save a lot of time on a busy school night or morning. Showers can also help you save water.
Many children can shower on their own by the age of six. You should supervise the shampooing and rinsing until he or she gets the hang of it. When they’re finished, make sure to lay down a tight bath mat to prevent any slips on the wet floor.
School-aged children have the motor skills necessary to do a fairly good job of brushing their teeth on their own, although you still may want to take a quick turn until they are about 6 or 7. Get your child into the habit of flossing and brushing the tongue, the insides of the cheeks and the roof of the mouth. Use a fun timer to encourage your child to brush longer, like an hourglass filled with colored sand.
Eyes, Mouth, and Nose
Germs are easily transmitted into the body through the mucous membranes in the eyes, the nose, and the mouth. Remind your child not to touch their eyes or pick their nose.
Your kids might not listen to you when you give them the much needed ‘keep yourself clean and healthy’ lecture. The best way to teach your kids to develop a good habit is to inculcate the habit yourself first. Children quickly imitate what elders do. So, remember to practice before you preach.
Another interesting way to teach your kids cleanliness is to teach them while playing games, by solving puzzles and doing some fun science experiments. There are various cartoons and animated programs that can help you teach kids these hygienic practices.
You can organize a fun and informative puppet show to demonstrate the healthy habits and their importance. We hope that these tips will help your kids to be healthy.