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.

Coronavirus: educating kids about the virus – and handwashing

Don’t be anxious about it advises psychologist Coronavirus concerns abound at the moment and sorting the sound advice from the scaremongering can be a difficult task. Help – and common sense – to the rescue then, with a sensible article on the whole advice / hand washing approach which recently appeared on the New York Times Parenting website. […]

Don’t be anxious about it advises psychologist Coronavirus concerns abound at the moment and sorting the sound advice from the scaremongering can be a difficult task. Help – and common sense – to the rescue then, with a sensible article on the whole advice / hand washing approach which recently appeared on the New York Times Parenting website. […]

Don’t be anxious about it advises psychologist

Coronavirus concerns abound at the moment and sorting the sound advice from the scaremongering can be a difficult task. Help – and common sense – to the rescue then, with a sensible article on the whole advice / hand washing approach which recently appeared on the New York Times Parenting website.

Jessica Grose’s excellent piece addresses potential concerns that teachers, parents and carers may have and how to overcome them, in the form of considered advice from a paediatric infectious disease specialist, two psychologists and a paediatrician.

Keep your own fears in check, but take their concerns seriously

Make sure not to worry youngsters by appearing to panic yourself – address your own worries and concerns before discussing coronavirus issues with children says a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Minnesota, Abi Gewirtz, Ph.D.

“We don’t want our children to feel like the world is so scary” she advises.

Show them how to wash their hands – and why it’s important

Wash for at least twenty seconds, (using the techniques outlined in the educational video below), preferably using soap and running water – and make sure that they dry them thoroughly afterwards says the report, which quotes pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Rebecca Pellett Madan, M.D.

“For people of all ages, hand washing is preferable to hand sanitizer…”

Dr Madan also mentions a number of reasons why soap and water washes are preferable to hand gel usage, not least because they’re unlikely to be given the chance to evaporate fully – essential for them to be effective.

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How to 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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