Promoting personal hygiene in children while they are young is of utmost importance since it prevents them from acquiring illnesses and diseases. Teaching good habits, such as good personal hygiene or good study habits, at an early age will increase the likelihood that they will bring it with them to adulthood. Teaching your child good personal hygiene habits are definitely worth the effort.
Here are simple ways on how to teach your kids good personal hygiene.
Step 1: Introduce Your Child to Hand Washing
Since most kids want to have fun in almost any activity they do, you can use hand soaps placed inside foam pumps or soap bars that are in interesting shapes. Frequent hand washing is the simplest yet most effective way to prevent the entry of bacteria in the body. Hand washing should be done for at least 15 seconds so you can teach your child to sing a song that will last for around 20 seconds. Singing the "Happy Birthday" song is a good practice.
Teach your child how to use hand sanitizers in the absence of running water (e.g. at summer camps). You can explain to your child the importance of washing one's hands by using picture books or by making the illustrations yourself.
Your child's nails should be short, clean and neatly trimmed. Long and dirty nails increase susceptibility to infection.
Step 2: Make Shower Time Fun
Taking a full bath is another personal hygiene habit that you should teach your children at an early age. Regular bath time initiated by the parent will result to the development of regular bathing habits for your child. If you do this daily, you will be pleased to see that your child will eventually initiate the bath. Playtime in the bath will impress it as a pleasant experience.
To make shower time fun, you can make use of showerheads that are printed with animal shapes and kid-friendly bath products. Toys like a rubber duck in the tub or bubble baths will surely make bathing time fun for your kid.
Step 3: Teach Your Kids How to Take Care of Their Teeth
Another personal hygiene habit you can initiate for your kid is brushing their teeth after meals (or at least twice a day if they cannot brush at school). You may have to supervise your child in doing this if younger than 4 years old (since coordination to do a thorough job is lacking at these ages). Allow children to brush as much as possible (i.e. to promote self-reliance and confidence) and then help young children to finish the job. Teach them the importance of brushing their tongue in addition to their teeth. You should buy a toothbrush that is specially designed for kids.
Your child may also need some assistance when it comes to flossing as their motor skills are not fully developed yet. The "rinse and spit" technique should also be taught to your child when using a fluoridated mouthwash.
In teaching personal hygiene to your children, you need to be creative in devising ways to make it look fun for them.