Hygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.

Eight essential hygiene rules for your baby. Here are eight simple good hygiene practices to adopt when you have a baby.

  • Washing your hands with a good antibacterial soap is essential for removing harmful bacteria and germs that cause colds, flu, diarrhea and other infections. Be sure to dry your hands properly and wash your hand towels regularly. It's especially important to wash your hands before feeding your baby, after handling raw food, after changing a nappy or going to the toilet yourself, after touching pets, after touching anything dirty such as dirty nappies, rubbish or food waste.
  • You don't need to clean the house every day from top to bottom with disinfectant, you just need to pay particular attention to the surfaces that are most likely to harbour germs and bacteria. Focus on the areas that have a lot of contact with food, bodies and hands, such as bathrooms, kitchen benches, tables, crockery, cutlery and glassware. You need to be cleaning these properly. Use hot water with detergent for crockery, cutlery and glasses, while kitchens and bathrooms will need a thorough clean with a good disinfectant. Pay particular attention to taps, toilet seats, benches and door handles. Dry surfaces as well if they are not in a well-ventilated area with natural light.
  • Babies love to put things into their mouths, and toys are often the closest thing to hand. Be sure to regularly give your child's toys a clean with a good disinfectant. Wipe hard plastic toys down and make sure you rinse them thoroughly or put plush toys through the washing machine.
  • A good bath is essential for keeping your baby clean and tidy, but you need to make sure you are not over-washing as this is damaging to your baby's sensitive skin. In the first year of your baby's life a full bath is necessary only two or three times a week. Check out our step-by-step guide to bathing your baby.
  • These are three areas that need some special attention. Always keep your baby's nails well-trimmed so that they can't scratch themselves — the best time to trim them is when your baby is asleep. Be sure to use baby-sized nail clippers and not to cut the nails too short as these will hurt your baby.
  • Only wash the outside of your baby's ears, never the inside, and never insert cotton wool buds into your baby's ears. If your baby is unhappy and touching their ears repeatedly, this could be a sign of infection — be sure to get this looked at by a medical professional.
  • Clean any dried mucous from your baby's nose, as this can cause difficulty breathing. Use a damp wash cloth to gently remove the dried mucous. A nasal syringe may be needed to help remove excess mucous, but consult your baby's health practitioner before using one of these.
  • Be sure to keep your baby's eyes clear of any dried mucous. Use damp cotton wool to gently clean their eyes and seek medical attention if you notice your baby's eyes are irritated.

Hand washing importance emphasised as norovirus strikes young children

Nearly 60 children and staff off sick at school near Glasgow Norovirus, also known as “the winter vomiting bug” has recently struck at Old Monkland Primary and Nursery School in Coatbridge, according to a recent report on the Glasgow Evening Times website. The article, by Stacey Mullen stated that a number of members of staff were affected […]

Nearly 60 children and staff off sick at school near Glasgow Norovirus, also known as “the winter vomiting bug” has recently struck at Old Monkland Primary and Nursery School in Coatbridge, according to a recent report on the Glasgow Evening Times website. The article, by Stacey Mullen stated that a number of members of staff were affected […]

Nearly 60 children and staff off sick at school near Glasgow

Norovirus, also known as “the winter vomiting bug” has recently struck at Old Monkland Primary and Nursery School in Coatbridge, according to a recent report on the Glasgow Evening Times website.

The article, by Stacey Mullen stated that a number of members of staff were affected along with 55 primary school children and 4 preschool pupils.

A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council is quoted as saying that “In line with general guidance, the school has asked parents to keep affected pupils off school for 48 hours after they are free of symptoms, to avoid further spread of any infection.”

Teaching washing with soap and water

Manty Stanley, MD of TEAL Patents, who make portable hand wash units for younger children, responded to this latest serious outbreak, by saying

“Teaching young children how to wash their hands properly with soap and water is perhaps the most important lesson that they can be taught at nursery and junior  schools. It’s a lesson that will help to protect them for a lifetime.”

Castleford GP Nicola Williams recently advised that it’s not always possible to avoid contracting norovirus, “but the most important thing in prevention is washing your hands well with soap and water.”

“Don’t rely on hand gels because they don’t kill the virus. Washing your hands properly should take about 20 seconds, as long as singing Happy Birthday twice. If someone in your family has the virus, be extra careful with washing hands.”

Norovirus outbreak sees dozens of children and staff off sick at school near Glasgow »

 


Teach hand washing to children – with a portable unit that works both indoors and out!

Hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn and acquiring it is an essential lifelong skill. A Kiddiwash Xtra or KiddiSynk portable hand washing sink can be positioned right next to the sand pit – helping to ensure that children dramatically reduce the risk of infection as they finish play.

The Kiddiwash range of warm water hand wash units are perfect for smaller hands – and are ideal where a portable solution is required.

Whether you require a larger wheeled unit such as the KiddiSynk, or the ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra, you can ensure that all children in your care are able to wash their hands whether inside or out.


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