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.

Infection prevention experts teach schoolchildren the importance of handwashing

It’s the most important lesson kids can learn! A group of children and young people with a wide age range and a number of complex physical, learning and sensory disabilities were recently taught effective hand washing skills by an infection prevention team from Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital in a “bug battling workshop”, according to a recent […]

It’s the most important lesson kids can learn! A group of children and young people with a wide age range and a number of complex physical, learning and sensory disabilities were recently taught effective hand washing skills by an infection prevention team from Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital in a “bug battling workshop”, according to a recent […]

It’s the most important lesson kids can learn!

A group of children and young people with a wide age range and a number of complex physical, learning and sensory disabilities were recently taught effective hand washing skills by an infection prevention team from Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital in a “bug battling workshop”, according to a recent report on the Bdaily website.

Youngsters from four to eighteen years at Cleaswell Hill School learned about how essential hand hygiene is in helping to combat the spread of illness. This is a vital part of their education, according to deputy head teacher Karyn McMahon.

“As a special educational needs school, we have children on site with a wide range of complex health conditions for whom a simple cold can have a huge impact. Maintaining high standards of hygiene therefore is of the utmost importance.”

An infection prevention nurse at Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital is also quoted in the report. Chris Finch emphasised that correct hand washing techniques are vital.

“Teaching young people the correct way to wash their hands and embedding the reasons why this is so important is something that they will remember forever. Establishing these good hygiene practices from an early age can go a long way to preventing the spread of germs, especially when children are of school-age.”

How the children were taught

The infection control team encouraged the youngsters to cover their hands in a gel which glows when viewed under an ultraviolet light. After having washed their hands, they were able to see the areas they had missed.

Nuffield Health’s infection prevention workshops are reportedly available to schools across the North East by special request.

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

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.


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