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.

Preschool and nursery: ‘Clean your hands more thoroughly than usual’

Changes that will have been implemented by September when kids return Many children have been attending preschool all the way through lockdown, but the majority who have not may well find preschool a little different when they return in September, according to a recent report on the Falmouth Packet website. Early in July, the Government […]

Changes that will have been implemented by September when kids return Many children have been attending preschool all the way through lockdown, but the majority who have not may well find preschool a little different when they return in September, according to a recent report on the Falmouth Packet website. Early in July, the Government […]

Changes that will have been implemented by September when kids return

Many children have been attending preschool all the way through lockdown, but the majority who have not may well find preschool a little different when they return in September, according to a recent report on the Falmouth Packet website.

Early in July, the Government set out its “System of Controls”, consisting of nine measures that all such educational establishments should take into account, says the article.

These include keeping individuals apart from those (or their relatives) who may be displaying symptoms, keeping up with good respiratory hygiene (reference “catch it, bin it, kill it”), and ensuring that cleaning and sanitising programmes are sharpened up as much as possible.

Hand washing is key

In amongst all the visible changes such as new desks layouts, one-way systems, social distancing and screening cameras, there will be one very significant focus – on hand washing.

“… the government’s System of Controls reminds staff and children to: ‘Clean your hands more thoroughly than usual’.”

Expect to see a large increase in the number of hand washing stations, says the report. Effective hand washing has been singled out globally as the most important safeguarding activity that can be carried out by anyone.

Which is why it’s vital that youngsters are taught how to wash their hands properly – an activity that has previously described as “the most important lesson a child can learn”.

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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.


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