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.

WATCH: Supporting your child during their final matric exams

Our resident Educational Psychologist Kristen Lisa Strandenhorf recently had a chat with us regarding the effects of Covid-19 on matriculants and why parents need to support them during their final exams.

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Our resident Educational Psychologist Kristen Lisa Strandenhorf recently had a chat with us regarding the effects of Covid-19 on matriculants and why parents need to support them during their final exams.

The post WATCH: Supporting your child during their final matric exams appeared first on Living and Loving written by The Citizen Parenty .

Final exams are the source of mounting stress for students, as this is a crucial time for their future. This is also a critical time as well for parents, as Educational Psychologist Kristen Lisa Strandenhorf reminds us that parents have also, somehow, been in school for 12 years. They are also as invested in the success of their children, especially during this time.

The stress of doing well and making your parents proud can create a whirlpool of emotion for matriculants. This can lead to extreme stress, anxiety, and even depression. These may also lead to suicide.

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Parents need to know how to manage their own expectations during this time and not directly influence how their teens perform.

Kristen takes us through why they need to do that, and how they can best support their kids during the exams, and where to go should their teens not be open to discussing their feelings with them.

Click here to watch the full interview on The Citizen.

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