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 must guarantee proper hand-washing facilities

Proper hand hygiene facilities must be in place for returning children Schools around the world are now beginning to open or are in the early stages of planning for it. In the UK, thoughts are now turning to how this can be achieved safely with the spectre of COVID-19 hanging over everything. It is no exaggeration […]

Proper hand hygiene facilities must be in place for returning children Schools around the world are now beginning to open or are in the early stages of planning for it. In the UK, thoughts are now turning to how this can be achieved safely with the spectre of COVID-19 hanging over everything. It is no exaggeration […]

Proper hand hygiene facilities must be in place for returning children

Schools around the world are now beginning to open or are in the early stages of planning for it. In the UK, thoughts are now turning to how this can be achieved safely with the spectre of COVID-19 hanging over everything.

It is no exaggeration to state that effective and regular hand washing is the most important thing that everyone should be focussing on right now. Children should already have been taught how and when to wash – but it’s a topic that must be constantly reinforced.

Proper hand washing is the most important lesson a child can learn

Hand washing facilities where they’re actually needed

With schools being made ready to open, concerns are being expressed that hand washing facilities in many school are both inadequate and infrequent, according to a recent report on the Hereford Times website, which states that sending children back to school should only take place when this problem has been addressed.

“This cannot be safe unless schools can guarantee proper hand-washing facilities with hot water, soap and clean towels.”

The article’s author Liz Overstall points out that Herefordshire Council has highly trained Environment Officers who are perfectly qualified to inspect educational facilities with regard to “cleanliness issues”.

And when schools are given the green light, it will be necessary to oversee that hand washing takes place as and when it should says the report.

“To protect teachers, hand-washing needs to be supervised and all institutions should be instructed to clean the toilets more frequently.”

Hand-washing facilities a major concern before schools re-open »

 


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

The ultra portable Kiddiwash Xtra provides the quick and easy way for setting up hand washing facilities for young children, wherever they’re needed. They need no plumbing or electricity.

Just put it on any flat surface and fill with warm water. Perfect for teaching good hand washing techniques to youngsters!

Children learning to wash hands with portable sinks

Children learn to wash their hands properly with KiddiWash portable sinks


The essential ten hand washing steps

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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