Day nurseries can become a hotbed for germs and all sorts of illnesses due to general hygiene and young ones not being able to fight them back just yet. Luckily, most nurseries will prepare parents for this, like this day nursery in Worthing which has stringent policies in place to protect children, parents and staff.
Fundamentally, teaching your child about personal hygiene starts at home. From around toddler age your child should be aware of washing their hands, brushing their teeth and being aware of what will keep them clean. However, with kids being kids you will find that these methods can slide very easily. These tips will help you solidify what they’ve learnt from you.
Make it a game
Having fun showing your kids how to practice good hygiene is a good way of going about it. Have your child try out games and sing-a-long songs to get them into the mood of washing their hands for a set period of time or brushing their teeth for those 2 whole minutes.
Model good hygiene all the time
Your child will follow a lot of what you do, so it’s important to show your child what you do yourself to keep things clean and to minimise germs. Let your child see what you do each day when you prepare food, at bedtime and at other moments in the day to let them become naturally more aware of what they can do to benefit their hygiene. Make sure you visit the dentist and GP regularly for check-ups to show your children this is a usual part of looking after yourself and nothing to worry about. If you’re not registered at a dentist search dentist Warrington (or your local area) to find the best clinic for you and your family.
Cater to your child’s interests
If your child loves reading books, then use picture books to show them the effects of germs. If they love watching TV, or using apps, then use games and shows that will teach them about hygiene and keeping clean throughout everyday life. This makes things a lot more relatable to your child and keeps things relevant to their own interests.