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.

After school club’s hand washing focus praised by Care Inspectorate

Care during coronavirus pandemic acknowledged The teaching of proper handwashing techniques is the most important thing that can be taught to children – particularly as the world find itself in the grip of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Which is why the recent achievements of a preschool group in Scotland are all the more important, according […]

Care during coronavirus pandemic acknowledged The teaching of proper handwashing techniques is the most important thing that can be taught to children – particularly as the world find itself in the grip of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Which is why the recent achievements of a preschool group in Scotland are all the more important, according […]

Care during coronavirus pandemic acknowledged

The teaching of proper handwashing techniques is the most important thing that can be taught to children – particularly as the world find itself in the grip of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Which is why the recent achievements of a preschool group in Scotland are all the more important, according to a recent report on the Evening Express website.

Fun 4 Kidz, a preschool group at Port Erroll School, is provided by Aberdeenshire Council, according to report author David Proctor.

A recent Care Inspectorate visit resulted in praise for the quality and focus of the group’s approach to the pandemic in “…the way it dealt with coronavirus protection measures like social distancing for staff, hand washing and providing ventilation.”

The importance of hand washing

Children were regularly supervised when they washed their hands, and the message was reinforced by the provision of a number of posters which encouraged good hygiene.

“Children had been helped to understand the importance of good-handwashing in preventing the spread of infection and to do this often throughout the session.”

Even snack routines have been amended and resources managed in order to avoid cross-infection wrote Proctor.

North-east after-school club praised for standards of care »


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