The first step in children’s hygiene is to wash your hands. Such a simple gesture, but so powerful to prevent many diseases!
As children discover the world through tact, all care is little! Because of the importance of the theme, on October 15th, the world celebrates the World Hands Wash Day. Do you know how and when to wash the children’s hands?
Children’s hygiene and the habit of washing your hands: why teach from an early age?
Whether on public transport, on a toy that has fallen to the ground, on the stairway handrail or on the door handle, everything can be a source of contamination. Often the dirt is not apparent, but bacteria, viruses, worms and protozoa are everywhere.
But no panic! This exposure is necessary to develop and strengthen the immune system of the little ones. The problem occurs when these germs accumulate in large quantities in the hands and are carried to the mouth, nose or eyes.
From then on, they can enter the little one’s body and trigger diarrhoea, flu and even conjunctivitis. Therefore, not only children but adults should also adopt this care when washing their hands, especially:
- Before meals;
- After I go to the bathroom;
- After you sneeze, cough or blow your nose;
- After playing with sand or with toys they share with other children;
- Before eating or handling food;
- After I pick up some animal.
How to wash your hands properly?
To wash your hands well, one minute is enough! With soap and water, just rub the spaces between your fingers, rinse and dry.
If parents teach their children from an early age to take care of their child hygiene, when they grow up they will do it automatically!
How do you teach your kids to wash their hands?
Children’s hygiene habits are as important to their lives as their sleep and diet, to grow and develop strong and healthy.
When a baby is born, care is strengthened, but the hygiene of the little ones may be easier than it seems. Learn how it’s done at each stage:
From 0 to 12 months
At this time, it is more important to worry about the hygiene of toys and the hands of adults who take the little ones.
That’s because they still don’t explore the ground and objects so easily. When the baby starts crawling at around 8 months, his hands should be washed more often.
From 1 to 3 years
Nobody’s holding this baby! At this stage, the child will explore every little corner intensively. From then on, it is important that adults set an example and show the importance of the hygiene habit.
Before meals, take the child to the bathroom and teach him how to wash his hands. Place neutral soap, soak until it foams and teach how to rub between the fingers, palm and fists.
From then on, the attention with the nails must be doubled. Cut them whenever necessary and, with a soft-bristled brush, rub lightly to remove the dirt that may lodge there.
From 3 to 6 years
By the age of four, children understand the importance of cleaning their hands before meals and after using the bathroom. But it doesn’t hurt to remember:
- You be the example! Wash your hands in front of the children and talk about the importance;
- Explain that some attitudes may cause you to get “dodgy” if your hands are dirty;
- Teach in a playful way: tell stories and explore songs from the children’s universe that address this theme.
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