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.

The reopening for independent schools is being delayed by a week

Due to the second wave of COVID-19, school reopening will be delayed, and orientation camps will be canceled.

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Due to the second wave of COVID-19, school reopening will be delayed, and orientation camps will be canceled.

The post The reopening for independent schools is being delayed by a week appeared first on Living and Loving written by Karabo Mokoena .

The Independent Schools of Southern Africa (Isasa) has moved the reopening of schools from 12 January to 18 January 2021. This announcement was made by Isasa executive director Lebogang Montjane. Isasa is awaiting president Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on 15 January regarding whether or not the country is moving out of lockdown level 3 and what the way forward is.

Sports activities and camps are also canceled, as precautions have to be taken to avoid infections. This comes in light of the second wave surfacing as a result of the Rage events that high school students attended at the end of 2020.

According to News 24, Montjane says that “we have to be careful about how we open the schools.”

Young people are equally susceptible to getting infected by the highly infectious virus in the second wave. Schools opening prematurely might see the infection numbers growing amongst school-going children.

Montjane says that they never struggled with keeping up with the curriculum like public schools. Thus, many parents signed their children up to independent schools due to how they managed to stay afloat during the first wave.

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