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.

5 bad bathroom habits we’re all guilty of

5 bad bathroom habits we’re all guilty of

You might be spreading more germs around your bathroom than you are aware of with these bathroom habits we’re all guilty of.

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5 bad bathroom habits we’re all guilty of

You might be spreading more germs around your bathroom than you are aware of with these bathroom habits we’re all guilty of.

The post 5 bad bathroom habits we’re all guilty of appeared first on Living and Loving.

5 bad bathroom habits we’re all guilty of

“Keeping a bathroom spotlessly clean 24/7 is just not possible, but there are habits we can get into to help minimise germs and stop them from spreading,” says Sarah Webb, brand manager for Chemico.

Some of our own bad bathroom habits contribute to how unhygienic our bathrooms are, but if we learn to curb these habits, and teach our family members to do the same, it could limit germs and potential illnesses.

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Leave the shower curtain closed after a shower

Soap suds collect on the curtains and the extra-moisture in the air contributes to the build-up of mildew on the curtain. After you shower, take a few minutes to rinse off all the soap, dry it as best you can, and leave it open to help circulate the air and dry the curtain faster.

Leaving the toilet lid down when you flush

Think of it this way – if you don’t close the toilet lid when you flush, germs spray across the bathroom. This, undoubtedly, can spread germs which remain in the air, and then settle in a dirty film around the bathroom.

Leaving magazines or books in the bathroom

Many people are bathroom readers, but the moisture in the air can cause mould and mildew to grow between the pages, which isn’t good for your health. Take the reading material with you when you leave (it will be one less thing left lying around).

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Not opening the bathroom windows

As we are in the bathroom for short bursts of time, we don’t consider ventilation. However, it’s the one room in the house where the windows should be opened to prevent mould from growing due to the extra moisture in the air.

Cluttering up the shelves and around the sink

It’s easy to cause a great deal of clutter in the bathroom – whether its toothpaste, make-up, hairbrushes or hair products. This creates an unnecessary eye-sore and a prime germ attraction. Make-up brushes or anything else used on your face should be kept elsewhere due to the potential of germ and mould build-up. Toothbrushes should also be kept in a bathroom cupboard.

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