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.

“Encourage hand washing” advice as school is closed by winter vomiting bug

Soap and water essential for norovirus control The Public Health team advised a south of England primary school over essential hand hygiene measures after it was forced into an “emergency closure” according to a recent report on the Halstead Gazette website. The closure came as a result of an outbreak of the “winter vomiting bug” norovirus, which […]

Soap and water essential for norovirus control The Public Health team advised a south of England primary school over essential hand hygiene measures after it was forced into an “emergency closure” according to a recent report on the Halstead Gazette website. The closure came as a result of an outbreak of the “winter vomiting bug” norovirus, which […]

Soap and water essential for norovirus control

The Public Health team advised a south of England primary school over essential hand hygiene measures after it was forced into an “emergency closure” according to a recent report on the Halstead Gazette website.

The closure came as a result of an outbreak of the “winter vomiting bug” norovirus, which affected both teachers and pupils wrote Alex Gidden. Unaffected staff and governors undertook a deep clean of the school so that it could be reopened.

Wash with soap and water

Headteacher Shelly Jones sought the advice of the Public Health team says the report. They advised that hard surfaces at the school should be cleaned with a chlorine releasing product

“…and to remind children of the correct hand washing routine with soap and warm water.”

The importance of hand washing was also highlighted in the report by the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, whose Chair Dr Anna Davey advised that those within an infected household make shoaled hygiene a priority.

“It’s worth everyone in the household washing hands with soap regularly and keeping bedding and surfaces washed too.”

Norovirus outbreak forces De Vere School to shut »

 


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