How To Teach Personal Hygiene

By Subodh / July 24, 2014

Personal hygiene is one of the most important things to learn for kids as well as adults. In fact, maintaining personal hygiene is more important for kids as they are more prone to getting sick. But learning personal hygiene and following it is more important for the adults as the kids do what they see the adults do. If you want to be a role model for your kid in terms of personal hygiene, make sure that you are yourself following it religiously. Preaching without practicing doesn’t go a very long way. Even if you force your kids to follow hygiene rules but you are not doing it yourself, after some time kids will also stop following you. Here are some personal hygiene tips that everyone should know about and follow.

Brushing Your Teeth Right After Getting Up In The Morning

Kids brushing teeth

A lot of people are used to taking their tea or coffee in the bed immediately after getting up. In fact, there are some people who also eat breakfast in the bed. This is not exactly a very good habit and should certainly not be followed by the kids. When you are sleeping in the night there are chances of accumulation of germs in your mouth. When you wake up in the morning the germs are still there. Therefore, if you are someone who takes coffee, tea or breakfast in the bed without brushing the teeth, you are also swallowing the germs along with it. You may have done this for many years but this might be the time to change your habit. The moment you wake up, before eating anything you should brush your teeth. In fact, you should not even swallow your saliva before brushing the teeth. Take tea or coffee only after you have brushed. If you don’t want to brush, at least rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to kill the germs. If you will do it, the kids in the home will also follow this healthy habit.

Brush Your Teeth Before Sleeping

Kid Brushing Teeth Before Sleeping

It is also important to brush your teeth before sleeping. After you eat dinner, there are leftovers in your mouth which get stuck between your teeth. These food particles may decay overnight and cause the development of germs in your mouth. Brush your teeth properly before sleeping. In fact, a better idea would be to floss your teeth too. This will ensure that your teeth are completely clean. You will be surprised to know that there are certain countries where people are habitual of brushing their teeth after every meal. This means they brush their teeth even after lunch.

Frequent Hand Washing Is Also Important

hand washing

During daily activity you touch a lot of things you don’t even know may contain harmful bacteria and germs. When you touch them these germs are transferred to your hand. A lot of us are not used to washing our hands many times during the day. However, it is an important activity. Washing your hands before eating is even more important. There are two ways to clean your hands. You can either keep a sanitizer or a regular hand wash. If you have a sanitizer, you will not need water to clean your hands. You just apply it to your hands and it gets dried automatically. You can also use the hand-wash. Always clean your hands before eating and at least 4-5 times during the day otherwise. This is a very healthy habit and if you will do it you will be able to teach your kids to follow it.

Importance of Bathing

Bathing Baby

Bathing is also a very important part of the personal hygiene. Kids and adults both should bathe at least once every day. However, it is always better to bathe at least twice a day. This is more important if you are going out of your house every day. Bathe before leaving the house and take a bath after coming back. When you are outside your body collects germs and bacteria from various external sources. Bathing makes sure that you get rid of them. If you are able to follow these rules of hygiene, you will also be able to make your kids do the same.