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.

Why you need to remind children how – and when – to wash their hands

Some adults might need a nudge as well… “It can be easy for children (and adults) to forget what it takes to wash well” – which is why it’s important that hand washing messages are reinforced on a regular basis, according to a recent report on the Medical Express website. Washing hands can become an […]

Some adults might need a nudge as well… “It can be easy for children (and adults) to forget what it takes to wash well” – which is why it’s important that hand washing messages are reinforced on a regular basis, according to a recent report on the Medical Express website. Washing hands can become an […]

Some adults might need a nudge as well…

“It can be easy for children (and adults) to forget what it takes to wash well” – which is why it’s important that hand washing messages are reinforced on a regular basis, according to a recent report on the Medical Express website.

Washing hands can become an automated, thoughtless task, without the necessary focus on doing it properly and for the right amount of time. And now, with the pandemic still in full swing, effective hand hygiene is more essential than ever.

“One of the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, influenza and other infectious diseases is by washing your hands.”

Nearly half of children have to be reminded to wash hands before eating says report

Washing for a full 20 seconds using soap and running water is by far the best way of cleaning hands says the article, during which time you should “…wash your thumbs, between your fingers, your finger tips, the backs of your hands and even around your wrists.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) – How to Protect Yourself & Others states

“Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.”

Helping children clean up their hand-washing skills »

Free to download – hand washing themed worksheets for preschool children »


How to remind kids about 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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