Personal hygiene

  • 02 Jun, 2018

Personal hygiene should be a bag pack every moment. Right from the very childhood kids are taught about their personal hygiene through poems, songs, rhymes mothers guide them every now and then, grandparents are there to teach. So a kid grows up in an environment where they are constantly poked and reminded about it. But as they grow up and get busy they start ignoring the basics like washing hands and legs, bathing keeping their surrounding clean. Every kid knows and recites a poem on hygiene like; Early in the morning brush your teeth…. But forgets when grow up. It’s always better to start early and teach. As children tend to learn and get into practicing quickly.

Here are a few good habits one needs to learn early:

  • Oral hygiene: good oral hygiene should be practiced from the very moment the first tooth appears in a child. If not taken proper care then it will lead to a lot of other teeth and gum related diseases like cavity, bleeding gum, bad breath, plaque and others. One should maintain a regime of twice daily brushing and flossing of teeth.
  • Nail hygiene: nails should be trimmed nice and small, no dirt should show from inside the nail be it hands or foot. Brush off the dirt everytime you wash your hand or have a bath.
  • Hand hygiene: make it a ritual to wash your hand everytime before and after eating. Wash your hands with soap, use sanitizers before you start eating.
  • Hair hygiene: keep your scalp clean without dirt. Wash it regularly or when required otherwise it may lead to dandruff, itching and other scalp infections.
  • Bathing ritual: since childhood we are taught to bath twice. Just follow it, make it your ritual to bath twice or even thrice as and when required. Ones in the morning when you wake up second when you are back home after playing and third before you go to bed.
  • Foot hygiene: foot is one area which children or at times elders also ignore. Please never ignore keep it washed and clean. Trim your nails frequently.
    • Washing your feet at least twice a day. To clean the feet properly, teach the kids to scrub with soap between the toes, the soles of the feet and under the toenails.
    • Teach them to use a clean cloth to wipe their feet dry, especially in between the toes. Then, apply some moisturizer to keep the feet hydrated.
    • Encourage them to keep their shoes clean and dry.
  • Toileting hygiene: Once your young children are toilet-trained, parents have to focus on the habits that the child needs to learn to keep their little parts clean. Teach your child to wipe thoroughly from front to back with water or toilet paper after using the washroom. Teach them to continue washing with clean water until clean. They should also be taught how to flush the toilet and use the bidet, if you have one.