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.

3 tips to keep your kids safe in public areas

Child safety in public spaces

Recent news headlines have made parents more wary of their children’s safety than ever. These simple reminders will help protect your family from harm. By Lisa Witepski

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Child safety in public spaces

Recent news headlines have made parents more wary of their children’s safety than ever. These simple reminders will help protect your family from harm. By Lisa Witepski

The post 3 tips to keep your kids safe in public areas appeared first on Living and Loving.

Child safety in public spaces

Even before the horrifying news of the Dros rapist hit our screens, parents were receiving warnings of increased activity from human trafficking and kidnapping rings. At the same time, moms are constantly reminded of the importance of letting their children play in outdoor spaces, which often means a visit to the park or other public place.

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Here’s how to make sure they remain safe, no matter where they are.

Evaluate the danger upfront

This is more about common sense than anything else: some venues are simply more child-friendly than others. So, while a trip to your local family restaurant still requires that you keep your hold within sight, this is going to be easier to do than at a festival teeming with strangers – especially if alcohol is involved.

Educate

Educating your child about stranger danger is one of the most important chats you can have – although, obviously, this conversation has to be age appropriate. The critical outcome is that your child understands that a stranger is any person who is unknown to the family, and because it is impossible to tell whether someone is “good” or “bad” by looking at them, they should err on the side of scepticism. On the other hand, there are some people who they should be able to view as trusted figures, and whom they can turn to if they feel threatened or if they get lost in a crowd: the police or a security guard, for instance.

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Practise a safety strategy before you leave the house

Reminding your child of the basics regularly is a must: don’t talk to strangers, don’t accept any lifts, don’t accept sweets from strangers, and don’t wander off by yourself (even if it’s just to the toilet).

But, that’s just the start. It’s a good idea to run through a safety strategy before you head anywhere as a family, whether that’s an event or your nearest mall. If you’re going shopping, point out the information kiosk where your child can ask for help if you become separated, and remind them to shout out if they are made to feel uncomfortable by anyone who approaches them. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to give them a whistle they can blow if they feel threatened. Of course, they should also know your phone number by heart (if they’re old enough). If you’re going somewhere where they will be in crowds, be sure to write your number on their arms in permanent marker, or make a paper bangle with your details. As soon as you reach the destination, find a feature that stands out (a statue or gate, for instance), and agree to meet there if you get separated. Be sure to have recent pics of your child on your phone. It may seem a little drastic, but you may want to consider a child’s safety harness for younger kids.

Run through the safety rules before you leave the house, teaching them how to react in different situations by role playing various scenarios, and remember that, even if there is a child minder present, you need to be able to keep your child in sight at all times.

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