Monday, 7 March 2016

Teaching Children About Hygiene - Why its important...

Since having children i have really taken the role of showing the children how to keep clean day to day and sharing my habits of general hygiene. As they've gotten older they have really learnt so much when it comes to looking after their own general hygiene and even pass it on to others. I think its so important for children to understand why we wash our hands after we use the bathroom why we do our general hygiene regime from day to day.
The spread of germs and bacteria these days can seriously make young children and us very ill. So just teaching them the very basics at a really young age can help them so much in the future.
I really go on and on to my children about brushing their teeth as i think its so important to look after even those first milk teeth. So many people say 'oh it doesn't matter there going to fall out anyway'.. However i definitely believe its the damage of the starter teeth that can impact on the growth and strength of the permanent teeth. 

Teaching children about hygiene – why it’s important

Children love to give cuddles, climb trees, ride bikes, play in mud and eat most things sticky and while they should be allowed to enjoy their youth, it’s important to stock up on products such as hand sanitisers from the likes of and teach them good hygiene. 
Cleanliness is essential if they want to stay fit and well, so here are a few things to consider in the fight against dirt and bacteria.

Hand washing
Little ones are notoriously tactile, innocently touching everything from toys and books to toilet seats and bins without a care in the world. While bathrooms are well known for harbouring germs, other objects like nursery rattles and soft ball pits can be riddled with nasties so it’s crucial to teach your children to wash their hands on a regular basis – particularly before eating. Hand washing can significantly reduce the risk of cross-contamination and infection but it must be done properly as using warm water and soap will help eliminate the bugs that could make small people (and big) sick.
Of course, you might think this is all basic stuff, but have you really shown your kids how to scrub their hands properly? If not, it’s well worth reading about thread worms, as this will certainly give you the incentive you need to ensure your children are sensible hand washers. These parasites lay their eggs around an infected person’s anus. If the eggs get stuck to a person’s fingers when they scratch they can be transferred to the mouth and onto other surfaces including clothes meaning they’re easily spread – pretty horrible, huh?

Hair care
When giving your children a wash, be sure they know how to wash their hair – after all, they’ll only want you in the bathroom with them for so many years. Tell them how to use shampoo and conditioner and to make sure all soap is washed away properly to avoid unwanted residue. Greasy locks do not look good and all children attending nursery and schools will be expected to be smart.
What’s more, as many youngsters suffer from head lice, it’s a good idea to keep hair either short or to tie it in a bun in order to minimise the risk of nits. These small creatures are spread through contact, so the aim is to reduce the amount of hair they can jump onto.
If you don’t want to be on hair duty every day, teach your kids how to do appropriate styles themselves to give them (and you) more freedom and independence.

Oral hygiene
Believe it or not, nearly 26,000 children aged five to nine were admitted to hospital in England in 2013-2014 to have rotten teeth removed under general anaesthetic. These are worrying figures considering such traumatic procedures can be prevented with improved oral hygiene, so always teach your kids to brush their teeth properly. Brushing twice a day is a great start, but you should also limit their sugar intake and encourage them to make healthier food choices when they are older. Sugar sticks to the teeth and feeds bacteria causing cavities, so explain this to your children in a bid to keep their gnashers pearly white.
Personal hygiene is as important for children as it is later in life, so it’s never too early to start drumming in good habits.
Are you a mum nagger like me and like to make sure your children wash their hands before & after dinner and brush their teeth before bed? After all were only doing it for the right reasons. 

Disclaimer: This post is a guest contribution.

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