Our kids’ personal hygiene habits can be influenced by us parents, caregivers such as their grandparents or aunties and uncles, or their friends! So educating our kids on good hygiene is the best way to build a foundation that’ll help them avoid falling sick and spreading illness.
Teaching them the principles of correct hygiene when our kids are still young will have a lasting impact on them as they grow older – they’ll also pass on the importance of hygiene to their own kids in the future too! One of the best ways to teach our kids good hygiene is to practice it ourselves.
So which areas of hygiene should we focus on teaching our kids?
It goes without saying that good oral hygiene is essential for people of all ages, not just the young. Our teeth are limited resources – milk/baby teeth are the training wheels for us to practice oral hygiene on, and once they’ve dropped, we’re usually stuck with one set of adult teeth to last us for another 70-80 plus years!
Focus on teeth brushing techniques and flossing, as well as the importance of what we eat and drink – our suggestions might fall on deaf ears, but it’s still important to let our kids know that our diets affect the health of our teeth.
Hand-washing is the single most important factor relating to the spread of infection. Kids should be encouraged to wash their hands before eating, after using the toilet, after handling animals, if they are ill or if they are spending time with a newborn.
When your kids are ready to go to school or nursery, they’re expected to be able to use the toilet themselves and wash their own hands; parents and carers must make sure this is happening or infections and diseases can spread.
Biting nails is a bad habit and should be discouraged, especially if the nails are being swallowed – the nails and nail beds are a hotbed for germs to grow and thrive. Nail biting also allows the transfer of these germs to the mouth, which can then lead to causing a lot of problems for the digestive tract.
What that means is that your kid might be more likely to get affected by diarrhoea if they bite and swallow their nails. No matter how cleanly and well we wash our hands, there’ll still be some germs under and around our nails – those germs are harmless as long as they’re not accidentally eaten! Keeping our nails short will also help to reduce the amount of germs too.
Your kids should wash their hands before eating anything. If food has dropped to the floor, they shouldn’t simply dust it off and pop it into their mouth, especially if there are pets in the house!
Methods of Teaching Young Kids
Encourage an enjoyable bath time by making it an integral part of everyday family life. Singing songs and playing with bath toys will make this duty something to look forward to for the child and will make bath time a ritual that will become part of life.
Teach children about bacteria and fungi using picture books and say that by allowing objects and themselves to become dirty and not getting cleaned will cause bacteria to multiply and cause mould. Allow children to play outside regularly, but explain why it’s important to clean dirty clothes and bodies afterwards.
Allow youngsters to attempt to clean their own teeth even if they need cleaning afterwards, they will enjoy the responsibility. Give children encouragement to maintain their own hygiene; allow them to help with the laundry and the housework, this way they will learn the correct way of doing it and will carry this knowledge with them through life.
Let Arau Give You a Helping Hand with Hygiene!
Arau has a range of soaps, lotions, and laundry detergents that are easy on your kids skin while keeping them as clean as possible.
Arau Baby Full Body Soap
Over rinsing the skin after cleaning could cause dry and rough skin – their full body soap quickly rinses away without leaving any slippery residue like synthetic body soap could leave. This lack of residue reduces irritation from both over-rinsing and leftover soap on the skin.
Their soap is made entirely from natural plant-based ingredients and contains shiso leaf and rosemary leaf extracts for added skin care and cleaning effect too!
The thing with synthetic ingredients, even if they’re approved under strict safety standards, is that there’s a higher chance for skin to be irritated. Their soap is free of LAS, artificial colours and preservatives, and synthetic fragrances – that means the possible skin allergens are greatly reduced as compared to dozens of ingredients in other soaps and washes.
Arau Baby Moisturising Lotion
Similar to their body soap, their moisturising lotion is free of synthetic ingredients and has been pH adjusted for a gentler touch on skin. It dries cleanly for a comfortable feel and smooth touch. It contains plant extracts such as 100% organic lavender essence for its fragrance, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil, and olive squalene for its moisturising properties.
Arau Baby Laundry Soap
Arau’s laundry soap leaves your kid’s clothes soft without using any fabric softener – its unique natural formula dissolves and rinses away quickly and cleanly so no dirt or grime remains! You’ll be left with only the light scent of natural herbs and fruit extracts.
Their laundry soap is made from natural coconut and palm oil, without any animal or synthetic oils. You won’t find any synthetic bleaches, artificial fragrances, colours, preservatives, or fluorescent whiteners in it.
The best place to find Arau’s products is with Skymart, an online exclusive retailer:
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