Little girl practicing good hygiene habits by washing

Good Hygiene Practices for Kids

Posted on: April 21, 2020 | Spaces Toronto April 24, 2020

Cleanliness and hygiene are extremely important to all of us right now. And while you may know all the steps to stay clean and healthy while discouraging germs, your children don’t. Now is the right time to start instilling good hygiene habits in your children. Here are some steps to get them started.

4 Tips: Personal Hygiene for Kids

1. Hand washing

Washing your hands is one of the fastest ways to stop germs from spreading. Show your kids how to wash their hands:

  • Before they eat
  • After touching raw meat
  • After touching bodily fluid, coughing, or sneezing
  • After using the bathroom
  • After touching pets or other animals
  • When they come in from outside
  • When they spend time around someone sick
  • If their hands look or feel dirty

It’s important to teach them how washing their hands can help keep them and others from getting sick.

2. Keeping nails clean

Nails can easily collect bacteria and germs. Because we all (children included) tend to touch our mouths, eyes, and noses, anything that could cause illness is easily transferred. Show your children how to use a nailbrush before bed to clean under the nails at the end of every day and use nail clippers about once each week to keep nails short — this helps to reduce the risk of built up dirt. it’s also a good idea to work with them on not biting their nails and keeping their hands out of their mouths.

3. Keeping skin healthy

Most young children are still going to need your help keeping their skin clean. It’s common for children to suffer from rashes, scabs, and bumps. Some rashes and bumps can be contagious, so it’s very important to keep them clean. Show them how to check for new blemishes each night before bed.

4. Coughing and sneezing.

As much as we try to protect our children from getting sick, it’s inevitable. When they catch a cold or another minor bug, you can use that opportunity to teach them how to keep the illness from spreading as much as possible. Show them how to cough or sneeze into a handkerchief, sleeve, or elbow rather than their hands.

How to Teach Kids about Hygiene

Knowing what to teach kids is one thing — knowing how to teach them is another. Children don’t learn in the same way as adults and often need to be entertained. One of the most engaging ways for your little ones to learn about hygiene is by using games.

As any parent knows, kids also thrive on routine. Use this to your advantage. Show them how to wash their hands after each of the events above and give them little reminders. Pick a specific day and time each week to trim their nails and stick to it. Help them check for blemishes after each and every bath so they get in the habit of doing it themselves. When they have a cold remind them consistently about what to do when they must sneeze or cough — and then send them in to immediately wash their hands if they forget.

Storing with Spaces

Nothing is more important than keeping you and your family safe and healthy. While we’re going through these trying times, you may want to reduce the number of surfaces in your home to cut down on the spread of germs. When you do, turn to Spaces Self Storage in Toronto to keep your valuables. We offer safe and secure units to give you peace of mind while your belongings are stored away. Our 5×5 storage units are perfect for storing some clutter away, but if you need something larger, we have options up to 10×30.

Reach out to Spaces Self Storage to find your storage space today!

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