Teaching Kids About Hygiene
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Teaching Kids About Hygiene and Germs
Most children are happy to comply with a personal hygiene routine; they just need to know why they are doing it. It’s not too early to tell your kids about germs in a way they can understand.
Here are some ideas for hygiene lessons you can teach your child. Teach one lesson about hygiene at a time. Give your child a week or two to put it into practice (and maybe form a habit), and then introduce the next lesson.
How to Wash Your Hands
This is the single most effective way to battle germs. Because we touch everything, germs get on our hands. But germs can easily be washed down the sink with a little soap and water.
Rub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (and don’t forget to wash your thumb!). You can sing “Happy Birthday” or another tune to help time the scrubbing.
Looking for some musical back-up to the lesson? Try this song by the Wiggles or this one by Jack Hartmann.
When to Wash Your Hands
It is one thing to know how to wash your hands, it is another thing to know when to do it. Here are four occasions where washing your hands helps rid you (and others) of germs:
- After using the bathroom
- Before eating
- Before preparing food for yourself or others
- When you come in from playing outside
Keep Your Nails Clean
Our hands are the germiest parts of our body because they touch doorknobs, desks, toothbrush holders, and other germ hot spots.
We wash our hands, but we forget that germs can hide under our nails.
Keep your child’s nails clipped short so germs can’t find safe harbor. You can also keep a nail brush by the bathroom sink to brush under your nails.
source: MAMA Teaches
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