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 it’s essential that kids are taught to wash their hands properly

Children need help with infection control measures Promoting handwashing to children is more important than ever as schools reopen after the latest pandemic wave. This in turn throws up a real issue, as “children cannot always be relied upon to observe infection control measures” according to a recent report on the Health Europa website. Hand […]

Children need help with infection control measures Promoting handwashing to children is more important than ever as schools reopen after the latest pandemic wave. This in turn throws up a real issue, as “children cannot always be relied upon to observe infection control measures” according to a recent report on the Health Europa website. Hand […]

Children need help with infection control measures

Promoting handwashing to children is more important than ever as schools reopen after the latest pandemic wave. This in turn throws up a real issue, as “children cannot always be relied upon to observe infection control measures” according to a recent report on the Health Europa website.

Hand washing is “an integral facet” of infection prevention and control says the report, but it must be carried out effectively. Hygiene messaging essentially needs to be powerful and bear fruit – and when this occurs it “can have a demonstrable benefit on the frequency and assiduity with which audiences wash their hands.”

The article centres around advice given by Dr Sophie Rutter of the University of Sheffield, who states that youngsters are “just as likely as adults to catch COVID-19” as adults, although symptoms are often much less severe. As they continue the process of returning to school, all possible measures need to be taken in order to prevent the virus spread to friends and family.

Teaching handwashing to children

There are two benefits in teaching kids to wash their hands effectively says Dr. Rutter.

  1. “Handwashing is habitual” and good habits ingrained now will last them a lifetime.
  2. Children often become hand washing ambassadors, reminding their contemporaries and adults of the need for it and how to undertake it properly.

“In the longer term, it is crucial to remind children and adults of the need to continue with good hand hygiene practices.”

Hand washing guidance

The article points out a number of worldwide sources for hand washing guidance, including:-

  • The World Health Organization
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The UK government.

Hand hygiene messaging for infection control »


Handwashing teaching can be more effective with a songChildren being taught to wash their hands with a Teal portable sink

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


Read full article on blog