Teaching children the importance of good hygiene and proper hygiene routines is key in keeping them clean and healthy. Keeping good hygiene is important for children of any age but in their younger years it plays a huge role in keeping them happy, healthy and free from disease. Young children tend to be in constant contact with other children which makes them more likely to be picking up germs therefore it is important that they understand how to keep good hygiene; particularly by washing their hands. Good hygiene routines will see your child through their entire life; something you will be grateful for when they reach their teenage years.

Face Washing

Face washing is a good hygiene and skincare habit to introduce to children from a young age. For younger children, warm water and a facecloth is enough to keep their skin clean and introduce a routine; as they get older you can introduce a gentle face cleanser into their routine to teach them important skincare habits to see them through their childhood and teenage years. Young children may not always like having water splashed on their face so it is best to use a face cloth; incorporate face washing into your bedtime routine to make it seem like less of a chore and then as they become more independent they will be more likely to carry on the habit.

Teeth Brushing

Good dental hygiene is important from a young age, it helps to keep their teeth and gums healthy and prevents cavities. Teaching children how to properly brush their teeth is important, so that when they come to do it themselves, they mimic the same routine. Children at school-age can usually brush their own teeth but for a few years it is a good idea for you to do it from time to time to make sure they’re doing it properly. Make sure they know to floss, brush their tongue and use a mouthwash. If children are opposed to teeth brushing, which some can be, introduce a fun toothbrush, timer or chart which encourages them to brush properly and for longer.

Hand Washing

Hand washing is one of the most important hygiene habits in terms of health. We all touch numerous objects and surfaces throughout the day which carry germs and bacteria which can make us ill, but children especially will pick up various germs from school and other children so it essential they know the importance of hand washing to avoid illness. Make sure to teach them the importance of using a soap; and lathering for around 15 seconds. There are plenty of tips and tricks for encouraging proper handwashing including singing a song for the duration; a popular choice is to sing happy birthday twice.

Bath Time

Bath time is a common part of any bedtime routine and for many children it is a way to relax before bed. It also teaches good hygiene habits of washing at least once a day. Some children may prefer showers, which can work well if time is a concern. Whichever they prefer, make sure to add it into a routine to help them form the habit.

The key to motivating children to taking an interest in their own personal hygiene is to make it fun and to make it routine, therefore they form a habit and will carry on throughout their life.

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