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.

Out of school clubs must provide sufficient hand washing facilities says revised Guidance

A 20 second soap and water wash is essential after toilet use New UK government COVID-19 guidance has been released for out of school providers and staff, and as expected, hand washing and the provision of hand washing facilities is given a very high priority. Anyone involved with breakfast and after school and holiday clubs, […]

A 20 second soap and water wash is essential after toilet use New UK government COVID-19 guidance has been released for out of school providers and staff, and as expected, hand washing and the provision of hand washing facilities is given a very high priority. Anyone involved with breakfast and after school and holiday clubs, […]

A 20 second soap and water wash is essential after toilet use

New UK government COVID-19 guidance has been released for out of school providers and staff, and as expected, hand washing and the provision of hand washing facilities is given a very high priority.

Anyone involved with breakfast and after school and holiday clubs, tuition and community activities, or is registered with Ofsted – in short all types of early years providers – needs to have a vigorous approach to hand hygiene says the Guidance, with the entire community being encouraged to “…clean their hands thoroughly and more often than usual.”

“Consider how often children and staff will need to wash their hands and incorporate time in for this.”

Hand washing where it’s needed

For effective hand hygiene activities to regularly take place, the facilities must be available at the point of need, so it’s essential that sufficient hand washing stations must be easily accessible.

Managing toilet use is most important says the Guidance, with numbers being carefully limited at all times. Hand hygiene actions in these instances must not involve sanitisers, but rather soap and water – and by using appropriate techniques for the requisite amount of time.

“…encourage children to wash their hands thoroughly, with soap and water for 20 seconds, after using the toilet.”

Similarly, if anyone at the facility has COVID-19 symptoms washing will be crucial.

“Everyone must wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and running water or use hand sanitiser after any contact with someone who has symptoms.”

Protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs, and other out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak »


Portable hand wash units for children can be used both indoors 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.


Hand washing – the most important lesson a child can learn!

Hand washing with soap and water is an essential lifelong skill. Here, children in your care can learn the ten simple steps that show how to wash hands effectively.


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