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 foot and mouth disease – why you should teach children to wash with soap and water

Incidents of the illness are on the rise – prompting renewed hand washing advice An apparent increase in the number of cases of hand foot and mouth disease has resulted in advice being issued for parents, teachers and carers in the north west of England, according to a recent report on the Liverpool Echo website. Chantelle Heeds wrote […]

Incidents of the illness are on the rise – prompting renewed hand washing advice An apparent increase in the number of cases of hand foot and mouth disease has resulted in advice being issued for parents, teachers and carers in the north west of England, according to a recent report on the Liverpool Echo website. Chantelle Heeds wrote […]

Incidents of the illness are on the rise – prompting renewed hand washing advice

An apparent increase in the number of cases of hand foot and mouth disease has resulted in advice being issued for parents, teachers and carers in the north west of England, according to a recent report on the Liverpool Echo website.

Chantelle Heeds wrote that there has been a rise in the number of cases of the illness that have recently been reported around the Liverpool area. It mainly affects under 10s, but can be transmitted to adults as well.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust‘s Clinical Nurse Manager at Smithdown Children’s Walk In Centre, Nicola Gourley is quoted in the article as saying that the disease is “easily passed on to other people” via faeces, coughing and sneezing.

Hand washing with soap

Top of the list of effective preventative measures in the report is a simple message.

“wash your hands often with warm soapy water – and teach children to do so.”

The NHS website advises on how to check for symptoms of hand foot and mouth disease and this also advocates the teaching of effective hand washing techniques to young children in order to minimise the spread of the illness.

Parents warned of rise in hand foot and mouth disease in Liverpool »

 


Robust, portable handwashing units for children – for use indoors or 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 inside or out.


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