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.

Why you should teach handwashing with soap and water (ahead of gels) to children

The most important lesson you can teach… Norovirus is described as a “gruesome bug” which causes extremely unpleasant symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea – and it can spread very quickly in small communities such as classrooms. There is only one way to effectively control the spread of the illness – and that’s with thorough soap […]

The most important lesson you can teach… Norovirus is described as a “gruesome bug” which causes extremely unpleasant symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea – and it can spread very quickly in small communities such as classrooms. There is only one way to effectively control the spread of the illness – and that’s with thorough soap […]

The most important lesson you can teach…

Norovirus is described as a “gruesome bug” which causes extremely unpleasant symptoms including vomiting and diarrhoea – and it can spread very quickly in small communities such as classrooms.

There is only one way to effectively control the spread of the illness – and that’s with thorough soap and water hand washing, because gels are ineffective against it, according to a recent article on the Warrington Guardian website.

The report by Faith Eckersall quotes a Public Health England (PHE) spokesperson as warning that norovirus can remain on hard surfaces for hours, enabling it to spread very quickly amongst a closed community. And reported cases seem to be on the rise this winter.

Wash with soap and water – not gels

Teaching youngsters to wash their hands effectively with soap and water is vital, as gels are ineffective against norovirus.

“The best way to protect yourself and others from catching this unpleasant sickness bug is simply to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap…” advises the PHE spokesman in the article, who also added a warning about reliance on gels.

“However, what most people don’t know is that hand sanitisers are NOT an effective protection against this common sickness bug.”

The #ThinkNoro campaign

The article refers to the #ThinkNoro campaign, which is currently being given an exceptionally high profile across the country.

N “No visits to hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries if you are suffering from symptoms of Norovirus – send someone else to visit loved ones until you are better.”

O“Once you’ve been symptom-free for at least 48 hours , you’re safe to return to work, school or visit hospitals and care home.”

R“Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet, and before eating or preparing food.”

O “Only hand-washing will prevent spread of Norovirus –  alcohol hand gels DON’T kill the virus.”

Here’s how to stop yourself suffering the winter vomiting bug »

 


Teach children effective hand washing techniques

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.


Hand washing – the most important lesson a child can learn!

Hand washing with soap and water is an essential lifelong skill. Here, children in your care can learn the ten simple steps that show how to wash hands effectively.


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