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.

Schools play a vital role in the teaching of hand washing to youngsters globally

How COVID-19 has “underscored” the importance of hand hygiene Despite the dangers being presented by the current coronavirus pandemic, the “measures to help prevent it are simple”. And those measures involve simple hygiene measure and effective hand washing techniques, according to a recent report on the Save The Children Australia website. Washing hands properly, in accordance […]

How COVID-19 has “underscored” the importance of hand hygiene Despite the dangers being presented by the current coronavirus pandemic, the “measures to help prevent it are simple”. And those measures involve simple hygiene measure and effective hand washing techniques, according to a recent report on the Save The Children Australia website. Washing hands properly, in accordance […]

How COVID-19 has “underscored” the importance of hand hygiene

Despite the dangers being presented by the current coronavirus pandemic, the “measures to help prevent it are simple”. And those measures involve simple hygiene measure and effective hand washing techniques, according to a recent report on the Save The Children Australia website.

Washing hands properly, in accordance with much publicised best practice – such as with this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) article When and How to Wash Your Hands – is something that schools and nurseries around the world should be teaching to young children from the earliest possible age.

And not just because of COVID-19 says the article, on the grounds that there are also “a multitude of other diseases and infections” that hand washing can help control.

Children educating adults

Teaching children will help to educate many others is the logical argument.

“Schools are a good place to start because it gets kids washing their hands properly from an early age, and they can go home and share what they learned with the rest of their family.”

The teaching of effective hand washing methods at an early age really is the most important lesson a child can learn. The beauty of this activity is, for something so important, it’s really so straightforward.

“And sometimes solutions to big problems are not big and flashy. Sometimes, they’re as simple as clean water and a bar of soap.”

Please remember to wash your hands »

 


Teach children effective hand washing techniques with portable sinks that can go anywhere – indoors or out

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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