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.

Back to school – why teaching hand washing is so important

Public Health Agency advises use of soap and water hand hygiene for youngsters Young children across the UK are heading back to school – or even starting preschool and nursery for the first time. Parents and carers in Northern Ireland have been alerted to the importance of teaching effective hand washing techniques to kids, according […]

Public Health Agency advises use of soap and water hand hygiene for youngsters Young children across the UK are heading back to school – or even starting preschool and nursery for the first time. Parents and carers in Northern Ireland have been alerted to the importance of teaching effective hand washing techniques to kids, according […]

Public Health Agency advises use of soap and water hand hygiene for youngsters

Young children across the UK are heading back to school – or even starting preschool and nursery for the first time. Parents and carers in Northern Ireland have been alerted to the importance of teaching effective hand washing techniques to kids, according to a recent report on the Derry Now website.

The awareness raising has been initiated by the Public Health Agency (PHA), according to the article, which quotes a Consultant in Health Protection at the PHA, Dr Philip Veal, as saying

“Schools can be a common breeding ground for germs and bugs so it is important to take steps to reduce the risk of picking up or spreading germs to others”.

The report’s main focus is on the teaching and implementation of effective hand washing techniques – and that a combined aand co-ordinated approach at home and in the classroom is essential.

“Parents and schools can help reduce the spread of germs by encouraging kids to practise good personal hygiene by washing hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after using the toilet and before eating.”

Tips issued to help Derry kids avoid those dreaded back to school germs »

 


Teach hand washing to children anywhere – whether it’s in school or on a field trip!

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 inside or out.

Children at the Old Fire Station Nursery try out their new KiddiWash portable sink


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