At any Cuddles Childcare Centre serving a Perth area suburb such as Cannington, you will notice that we encourage hygiene. When you are around children as long as we have been, you notice patterns. One predictable pattern is that children with the best hygiene habits are the most healthy. The reverse is also true; children who seem to have no interest in fundamentals such as keeping their hands clean are often the first to get sick and the last to recover.
Here are some fundamentals of hygiene that should be seen as minimal standards.
Hand washing may be the single most important habit to teach a child if you want them to be generally healthy. Colds, flu, diseases and infections are spread by bacteria, viruses and the occasional fungi. Hand washing is the most effective way to decrease the amount of microorganisms or toxins to which your child is exposed.
Your child should wash his or her hands before and after eating, after touching animals and after touching dirty objects. Hands should be washed with soap and warm water up to the wrists. They should be dried thoroughly with a clean towel or an air dryer.
Your child should take a daily bath or shower. Sometimes, a bath or shower can be part of a relaxing bedtime routine that prepares your child for sleep. For younger children, baths can be made fun with toys such as the classic rubber duck. Make sure not to leave your child alone while bathing until they are old enough that it is safe.
Children should brush their teeth at least twice a day: after breakfast and before they go to bed.
Children should be taught to blow their noses softly so as not to cause ear damage or nosebleeds. Also, when coughing or sneezing, they should always put their hands or a tissue over their nose or mouth and wash their hands immediately afterward.
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