Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in Children

Ivy Prep Team on March 14, 2019

“Ew! Don’t touch that! It’s yucky!” “Did you wash your hands?” “It’s time to brush your teeth.” “Come on guys. It’s bath time!” How many times have you asked these questions or made these statements to your kids? If you’re like most people who have young children, you’ve probably had to say these things quite often. Most likely, you’ve needed to say them several times a day! Perhaps it’s because kids just aren’t born with the knowledge of germs and “yucky” things that could make them sick. Although not all kids enjoy playing in the mud or seeing how their shoes taste, it’s pretty clear that every single child needs a lesson or two about good personal hygiene. As a parent, it’s important that you work to help your little ones to develop better skills in this area of their lives. There are several things you can do to help them!

About Good Personal Hygiene

Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in ChildrenFirst of all, it’s helpful to know more about good personal hygiene and why it’s important. You may not remember learning how to brush your teeth. You might not recall the moment where regular bathing actually became important to you. But, at some point, you developed a sense of personal hygiene. You became aware of the importance of taking care of your physical body. At some time in your life, you began to realize why it was necessary to wash your hands and clean behind your ears. So, now is the time to begin to instill that knowledge and thought process in your little ones. As they get older, it will be necessary for them to learn how to meet their personal care needs on their own. It may not prove to be the easiest thing in the world. But, through consistency, you can help your kids in this area.

The Importance of Good Personal Hygiene

But, why is it so important to have good personal hygiene? Why is it necessary to brush your teeth, bathe, and be well groomed overall? Although it’s nice to smell good and have a clean, well-kept appearance, the main benefit of hygiene practices is not to simply look nice. The most important result of taking good care of yourself is actually healthiness. When you take care of your body, making sure to cleanse it properly and so forth, you are actually giving your body what it needs in order to remain healthy. Cleanliness and proper hygiene contribute quite a bit to your overall health.

Examples of Displaying Good Personal Hygiene

Brushing your teeth helps to prevent the development of dental health issues, such as cavities, tooth decay, and plaque build-up. It can also prevent you from developing gum disease and other unpleasant oral conditions.

Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in ChildrenKeeping your hair clean can promote a healthy scalp. By washing your hair, you can rid it of any excess dirt or dandriff It can help to eliminate itchiness and flakiness. Cleansing your skin regularly is also extremely beneficial to your health. Did you know that your skin is actually an organ? It’s not always easy for us to take good care of our internal organs because we can’t see them. But, we know that we can keep them clean and working properly by eating the right foods. The same practices can keep our external organ (skin) working well and in good health. But, there’s another thing we can do in order to take good care of our skin. You’ve got it! When we cleanse our skin with soap and water, we help to ward off illnesses! Regular bathing also helps to clear the skin of any dead skin cells and bacteria.

Good personal hygiene habits involve a lot of different things. Like we’ve mentioned, brushing the teeth and bathing properly are both good personal hygiene practices. Kids should learn the importance of these tasks. They should also start to perform these tasks as they become old enough to do so.

Helping Your Child Learn and Grow

Now, we’ve discussed the importance of hygiene and how it can keep our bodies healthy. No doubt, it has made you become more aware of just how critical it is to make sure your kids also learn the importance of practicing good personal hygiene. When your children learn about how critical it is to take care of themselves, they will be more apt to do so! But, how can you, as a parent, help your kids to gain the skills they need in order to properly care for themselves? What are the best ways to instill the practices of good hygiene in them? Well, there are a lot of things you can do to help your little ones grow and develop in these areas. You can help them to better understand how to take care of themselves physically. Let’s take a look at some of the things you may need to teach them:

  • Brushing teeth twice a day
  • Washing hands before and after eating
  • Changing into clean clothes after getting dirty
  • Thoroughly cleansing the entire body during a bath
  • Properly wiping with toilet tissue after going potty
  • Covering the mouth and nose with a tissue while sneezing/coughing
  • Washing hands after handling a pet or touching something that isn’t “clean”

You probably already do all of these things for yourself. So, you’re being a great example already! But, sometimes, kids need a little extra urging and motivation in this area. There are a couple of activities you can do in order to help them. For example, you may mention “germs” to your child and be met with a blank stare. Since germs are very hard to see, some people suggest putting pretty glitter on your child’s hand to symbolize germs. Then, you can have them wash their hands until the glitter is all gone. It will take a while to do that, just as washing all the yucky germs off your hands may take a while. But, in the end, your hands are clean and you can eat without being afraid!

How Physical Care Positively Affects Other Areas of Life

Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in ChildrenBelieve it or not, as your children learn how to look after their hygiene needs, they’ll experience the benefits in other areas of their lives. There are a couple of different ways in which good personal hygiene habits can have an impact on your kids in a general way. Firstly, having good hygiene can help to increase your child’s self-esteem. Your children will begin to feel better about themselves as they learn to properly look after themselves. This also helps them to build their sense of independence and increase their self-help skills. Good hygiene helps people to feel better about themselves, giving them a more positive sense of self. As a result of a positive and healthy self-image, kids gain the ability to focus more on things like building strong relationships with peers. And, as your children grow older, these solid, healthy relationships will become even more important.

Children can also perform better in school when their level of self-esteem is healthy. Little ones who genuinely feel good about themselves generally have less trouble getting involved in learning activities. So, although it may seem strange, good hygiene might actually help your little ones to feel more comfortable in class and, ultimately, more engaged in that setting. As your kiddos become more comfortable with who they are, they will become more comfortable being around others. Learning about hygiene will also help to prepare your kids for other social settings. Even now, your children can learn how to best present themselves in professional situations! Given the right resources and opportunities, your kids can develop in a wonderfully healthy way in several areas of their lives. As you teach them how to take care of themselves physically, you’re teaching them how to care for their emotions, social lives, and even their academic interests!

Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in Children

Keeping Your Children Healthy as They Learn Together!

Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, your child’s safety is our main priority. We are dedicated to keeping your little ones comfortable and healthy. And we work to make sure they’re safe from harmful elements while helping to inspire learning in their hearts in minds. Through our various educational programs, we help to further your child’s academic learning. But, we also work to motivate them in other areas of their lives. This includes social and emotional growth. Our goal is to work alongside you as a parent to keep your kiddos safe, healthy, and excited to learn! For more information about our programs, just speak with someone at one of our facilities!

**Originally posted on January 17, 2019. Updated on March 14, 2019.


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