Tips to Help Teach Your Children Good Personal Hygiene

Loretta Jane

Younger children need to learn proper handwashing techniques. After all, much of their day is spent in close contact with other kids, sharing everything – including germs. As your child gets older and reaches adolescence, changes in their hormones will increase oil production in the hair and skin. It can also cause an increase in body odor.

Do not wait to teach your child good hygiene. From washing their hands to keeping their lips moisturized with medicated lip balm, and wearing deodorant when the time arrives, there are more than a few things your children should know and do.

Teach Proper Hand Washing Techniques

One of the most critical factors of good hygiene and health, especially in the COVID-19 era, is proper handwashing. This is especially important for children coming home from school, after they have been outside or in a public setting, and before they eat. Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illnesses and germs.

With younger children, it is often necessary to remind them they should not “splash and dash,” which means putting their hands under the tap without soap and then doing something else. Be sure your child knows to lather their hands with soap for 15 to 20 seconds. Also, please encourage them to turn the tap off while lathering to help prevent water waste.

Teach Your Child to Cover their Mouth and Nose When Coughing or Sneezing

Germs can travel six to eight feet when you cough or sneeze. This means it is up to you to teach your child to get in the habit of covering their mouth and nose with their arm or a tissue if they do this.

Encourage Proper Dental Hygiene

Did you know that most young children have the needed motor skills to do a good job of brushing their teeth? While this is true, it may still be a good idea to check behind them until the child reaches the age of six or seven. Be sure you establish a routine where your child flosses and brushes their teeth regularly. They should also brush their tongue to avoid cases of bad breath. Today, you can even purchase a fun timer that plays a song while your child brushes or you can buy an hourglass they can use to get the timing right.

Establish Regular Bat Times

Many parents have discovered bath time is a great way to help their child relax before bed. Also, taking a bath at night can help ease the rush that often occurs in the morning when everything has to get ready.

Clothing and Shoes

Your children should be taught they need to wear fresh, clean clothes daily. Even if they have clothing that does not smell or is not dirty from the day before, it should be changed. Even more important is having clean underwear each day. As children get older, you can even teach them to help with the laundry to have them participate in this crucial part of good hygiene.

Explaining Good and Bad Habits

When you teach your children about hygiene, you should also let them know the difference between good and bad habits. This includes what they should and should not do. Let them know clearly what is healthy and what is bad or unhealthy. Repeat this often, especially for smaller children, until it becomes second nature for them to follow the good hygiene tips you have provided.

Keeping Your Kids Clean and Healthy

Clean and healthy kids are happy kids. It would help if you began teaching your children about hygiene at an early age. This is going to ensure it is something they keep with them throughout their entire life. It will also help establish a good foundation, so they are clean and healthy adults.