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.

Kids need soap and water not gels when their hands are dirty. Here’s why…

Hands must be clean for sanitiser to be effective There are “significant differences” between hand sanitiser and good old soap and water. Where are the former can be helpful under certain circumstances, there are many occasions when only a proper hand wash will do, according to a recent report on the Yahoo Lifestyle website. It […]

Hands must be clean for sanitiser to be effective There are “significant differences” between hand sanitiser and good old soap and water. Where are the former can be helpful under certain circumstances, there are many occasions when only a proper hand wash will do, according to a recent report on the Yahoo Lifestyle website. It […]

Hands must be clean for sanitiser to be effective

There are “significant differences” between hand sanitiser and good old soap and water. Where are the former can be helpful under certain circumstances, there are many occasions when only a proper hand wash will do, according to a recent report on the Yahoo Lifestyle website.

It compares the two hand hygiene methods. There are clearly benefits using gels in some circumstances says the article, but they cannot be used as a main line of defence against infection prevention.

The report’s author Morgan Greenwald quotes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as pointing out that there are a number of germs that hand sanitisers “can neither inactivate nor remove.” These include many notorious and frequently occurring illnesses such as norovirus, Cryptosporidium and Clostridium difficile.

Soap and water when hands are dirty

CDC advice states categorically that hand gels don’t work when hands are “visibly dirty or greasy” when covered in mud from gardening or even messy cooking in the kitchen.

“In these situations, rather than eliminating the threat, hand sanitizer will just combine with the gook on your hands and create an even bigger—and equally germ-ridden—mess.”

It is however, vitally important that hands are washed properly – for about the length of time it takes to sing “Happy birthday” twice. See the ten step hand washing video for kids below.

Hand Sanitizer or Soap and Water? This Is the Healthiest Way to Clean Your Hands »


 

Easy to use portable hand washing sinks for children – perfect outdoor or indoor play!

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 preschool door 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 whether inside or out.


How to wash your hands


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