Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in Children

dsquared on January 17, 2019

“Ew! Don’t touch that! It’s yucky.” “Did you wash your hands?” “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

First of all, it’s important 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.

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

Developing Good Personal Hygiene Practices in ChildrenThere 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. 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 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!

Keeping Your Children Healthy as They Learn Together!

Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, your child’s safety is our main priority. And we work to make sure they’re safe from harmful elements while helping to inspire learning in their hearts in minds. Through our learning 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. For more information about our programs, just speak with someone at one of our facilities!