From the seasonal flu to hand food and mouth disease and head lice, a plethora of infectious diseases are constantly being circulated in schools. Thus, teaching your kids how take care of their personal hygiene is vital in keeping them healthy and preventing the spread of such diseases. Here are some simple ways you can help your child be more enthusiastic about basic hygiene habits such as brushing their teeth, taking daily showers and other grooming habits without you having to prompt them!
It is easier for kids to remember basic hygiene practices if they enjoy doing them. So have fun with hygiene! Get the kids to sing a short song, such as Washy Washy Clean, as they wash their hands and let them do a little dance as they brush their teeth. Encourage them to blow their noses into tissues or a hankerchief by getting cute hankies or tissue paper and make a funny noise (eg. a train whistle or a goose honk) whenever they blow their noses at home. Encourage your little one to be excited about baths by making adorable bubble beards in the bathtub and letting them choose their favourite soaps at the supermarket. You may also choose to entice them with some of their favourite toys in the bath so that they look forward to bath time!
Do it Together!
The kids will be more likely to listen to your reminders if you lead by example. So invite them to brush their teeth with you, and wash your hands whenever they do. Take the opportunity to remind them of common toilet hygiene such as wiping from front to back and washing their hands before leaving the toilet as you dry their hands. Always remind yourself to wash your hands aloud before meals, when you are sure that your kids are within earshot.Then ask them if they would like to join you. Styling your hair with them every morning will encourage them to comb their hair, preventing common diseases like head lice.
Get the kids interested in good grooming and personal hygiene by reading them books that relate to the matter. If they throw a fit whenever it’s bath time, Gorgonzola: A Very Stinkysauraus may teach them that staying clean will make for new friends. Teach them how to prevent catching the flu with Sneezy Louise, Tissue Please! and Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo. If they refuse to change their clothes, books like Lulu’s Pajamas and Timothy Cox Will Not Change His Socks may do the trick. Likewise, The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School, The Girl with the Bird’s-Nest Hair and Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair may get the kids to start brushing those precious locks.