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.

Childcare centres focussing on hand washing as kids take home gastro

Centres in most Australian states “plagued” by outbreaks Hand washing and social distancing have been very important activities during the current coronavirus pandemic. As a result, instances of many illnesses – especially influenza – have fallen away dramatically. There is one very notable exception, however… Outbreaks of gastroenteritis have been sweeping through most states in […]

Centres in most Australian states “plagued” by outbreaks Hand washing and social distancing have been very important activities during the current coronavirus pandemic. As a result, instances of many illnesses – especially influenza – have fallen away dramatically. There is one very notable exception, however… Outbreaks of gastroenteritis have been sweeping through most states in […]

Centres in most Australian states “plagued” by outbreaks

Hand washing and social distancing have been very important activities during the current coronavirus pandemic. As a result, instances of many illnesses – especially influenza – have fallen away dramatically. There is one very notable exception, however…

Outbreaks of gastroenteritis have been sweeping through most states in Australia, notably in childcare and preschool centres across the country, according to a recent report on the ABC News website.

“Despite all the vigilance about hygiene, childcare centres in most states have still been plagued by gastro outbreaks” writes Jean Edwards who focuses in her report on Adelaide mother Stephanie Gheller, whose family were struck down by the illness twice in three weeks. Her 16-month-old son Ezra, affectionately described as “patient zero”, picked gastro up at his local childcare centre, leaving the family “incapable of even getting out of bed”.

The illness is spread very differently to Covid, says the article, which quotes University of New South Wales Kirby Institute‘s Professor Raina MacIntyre

“Gastro is spread through contact, the fecal-oral route where something is contaminated, you touch it and then it infects you.”

“Certain viruses like norovirus, which are commonly the cause of gastro in childcare centres, can be really widespread.”

Soap and water is preferable to gels

Ensuring that children (and adults for that matter) wash their hands effectively is vitally important: good old fashioned soap and water is preferable to gels says the report.

“Doctors say hand-washing is more effective than alcohol-based sanitisers against gastro bugs.”

Coronavirus restrictions stopped the spread of some illnesses, but gastro is not one of them »

The Teal KiddiSynk being used to wash hands in a school classroom


Teach children effective hand washing techniques – with portable sinks that can be used both inside AND 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!

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