• Teach them the proper way of thoroughly washing their hands. With different viruses and sicknesses transferred through simple touching of things it is important to teach proper hand-washing. Remind your children to rinse, soap, lather for 15 seconds, and rinse again thoroughly.
• Give them a regular bath time to follow so it becomes a daily habit. By letting them shower (showering also saves water) they can have a fun bath time and learn how to clean their bodies by themselves. Making it a habit will allow them to take a shower automatically at their given bath time.
• Encourage them not to touch their eyes and noses. Tell them that picking their noses is not a great habit and teach them how to properly clean their noses privately and at proper times. Both the eyes and the nose are areas that are highly susceptible to easy germ entry into their bodies, especially if they touch them too much.
• When they have sniffles, teach them to cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing. Instruct them on the important use of tissues to get rid of mucus and tears.
• Most importantly, teach them the benefits of having healthy teeth and gums. For younger kids under 6, you may have to supervise their brushing sessions closely to ensure proper tooth brushing. Teach them to brush their tongues too, to lessen bad breath. Allow them to develop dental hygiene practices into a regular habit as well.
Raising children is one of the most challenging jobs, especially when trying to get them to develop good habits. Help your children, at an early age, to realize how important personal hygiene is and assist them in turning these activities into daily habits.