Encouraging Hygiene Routines for Children

What Is Personal Hygiene?

Personal hygiene is keeping ourselves clean to promote a healthy body and over-all healthy well being. At a young age, children need to be introduced to simple hygienic routines, develop healthy habits that will stay with them into adult years. Children are constantly exploring the world around them touching many objects in the day, it is important to practice good hygiene to keep them safe and healthy.

Benefits of good hygiene practice:

  • Healthy Body-avoiding harmful bacteria that make you ill
  • Self Esteem-Maintain a positive body image
  • Aid in Social Development

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6 Tips for Teaching Children a Hygiene Routine

 

Simply telling your child to go brush their teeth or have a shower doesn’t always work, they may just quickly brush without really cleaning themselves. You need to show them how good personal hygiene practice is an important part of their everyday routine.

The Basics

Screenshot_20181220-095603From a young age start with small important tasks they can do on their own, like hand washing and brushing their teeth. By starting with small tasks children can easily learn and use these as a building block as you introduce other hygienic practices. These are small responsibilities that help them gain independence and self-esteem. By teaching them small tasks to do on their own both the parent and child can be more confident with them practicing proper hygiene routine in the future.

Provide Fun Resources

Rubber ducky, colorful soap, bubbles, and flavored toothpaste are some of the ways we can make a personal hygiene routine a bit more exciting for children. If you want your child to practice a good hygiene routine make sure they have the resources readily available for when they want to be independent with their routine.

Explain Germs and Bacteria
Screenshot_20181220-093432Introduce the concept of germs and bacteria from an early age. Explain how everything they touch can have germs and bacteria and how some can make you sick. Try not to exaggerate that they can make you sick, but let them know good hygiene can help prevent them from getting sick from these germs.

Social Standards

Talk to your kids about personal hygiene standards within the community. They might notice at school children are often bullied due to dirty clothes, messy hair, dirty bag or smelly breath and body odour. Talk to your kids about how if they saw someone with bad personally hygiene what would they think. Would they approach that person? How could they help that person? Discuss different grooming activities like wearing clean, pressed clothes, combing their hair, polishing their shoes and keeping their school and lunch bag clean and hygienic.

Monkey See Monkey Do!

Children learn by observation and you are their greatest role model! Show them through example your own personal hygienic routine, how to take care of themselves and the importance of a good hygiene routine. Practice some routine together like washing hands, cleaning up, brushing teeth and so on.

Healthy Bodies App for Children 

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Looking for a fun interactive way to introduce your child to proper hygiene?

Part of the W5Go Health Bodies seasons Personal Hygiene is an episode focused on explaining a healthy personal hygiene routine.

This fun game for children covers the basics of personal hygiene; bathing, hand-washing, toilet hygiene, and laundry. Often being able to do your own hygiene routine is the first bit of independence for a child. Showing by example and explaining the importance of a good personal hygiene routine can help a child develop a good personal hygiene routine of their own.

Though-out this episode fun interactions with the W5Go characters will explain how each part of a healthy hygiene routine is important to maintaining a healthy body.

Key Features:

  • Teaches the importance of good personal hygiene
  • 20+ Fun hygiene facts
  • Interactive games for kids: Toothbrush, Toilet, Hand-washing and laundry
  •  AR Games for children