Learning and practicing good basic hygiene habits improves the overall health of your child and it is your sole responsibility as a parent to ensure they learn these habits and put them to practice. Having good hygiene habits involves more than just hand washing. Teaching your kids to have a healthy hygiene routine when they are young can create habits that last throughout their lives.

Your child needs to keep themselves clean to remain healthy and to feel good generally. Good personal hygiene will help boost their self-esteem and confidence among their peers. Everyone needs to keep clean to kill germs and avoid getting sick, boost their confidence by dealing with problems like bad breath or body odour.

Hand washing: Most germs are spread through hand contact. Regularly washing hands will prevent your child and others from getting sick. Encourage your child to wash their hands with soap and water when hands look dirty, before eating and preparing food, after touching raw meats, including chicken and beef, after touching any body fluids like blood, urine or vomit, after touching animals, after blowing their nose, sneezing, or coughing and after going to toilet.

Washing Hair: Washing of hair two or three times per week for kids is vital and they must be educated on this. Most kids play a lot and their hair might attract dirt. However, washing hair too often can dry out young scalps, making them more prone to dandruff. As kids enter their teens, the hormonal effects of puberty take hold, sometimes making their hair greasy.

Bathing: It’s possible some kids do not like to bath or they just hate it. Encourage your child to take their baths regularly and all the vital parts should be washed. Underarm care should be stressed while bathing and the body should be adequately rinsed well with water.

Skin care: Toddlers and preschoolers still need parents to help them with skin care. Skin blemishes such as rashes, bumps, and scabs are common at this stage. Before your child gets dressed after their bath, help them look over their skin from head to toe to make sure they don’t have any new blemishes that need care. Use of antiperspirant or deodorant for underarm care to minimize sweating is also good.

Oral care: Cleaning of the teeth and gums can prevent a wide range of health issues, including bad breath, cavities, and dental diseases. Your child should brush and floss at least twice per day, if not after every meal.

Clean clothes and shoes: Children should be taught to always wear fresh and clean clothes, even if their old clothes don’t smell. Clean underwear every day is especially important.

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