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Good Hygiene Habits which must be taught early in Preschools

Hygiene isn’t just about maintaining a good appearance. In fact, it is a proactive way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.Good personal hygiene habits will help your child stay healthy, ward off infectious illnesses and diseases, maintain a healthy body image and develop a healthy personality.

Good personal hygiene habits will help your child stay healthy, ward off infectious illnesses and diseases, maintain a healthy body image and develop a healthy personality.
It is not just home, but preschools also contribute to learning habits about hygiene in kids. Educational premises are where children learn about good hygiene such as hand washing etc, which must be ingrained at a young age.Kids are more inclined to falling sick, more than the adults. This is because, kids tend to come in contact with other peers in Daycare or preschool, and if not taken care of, the germs can get transmitted easily, which increases risks to illnesses.
When at Preschools, kids are able to distinguish between good and best habits for hygiene, which they can even follow at home or elsewhere. Some of the hygiene tips are mentioned below:

1. Hand-washing is Most Important
As an integral part of good hygiene, hand washing is must. To eradicate the chances of coming in contact with germs during play outside or at time of coming in touch with peers or animals that may be ill, it is must to tell kids to wash their hands properly. They must be shown how to scrub their hands with soap and antiseptic cleansers, especially when they use the washroom.

2.Coughing and Sneezing Hygiene
It is important to teach him or her about coughing and sneezing etiquette. These simple etiquette are especially important for infection-control measures.
A handkerchief should be your child’s best friend. Teach them to cover their mouth and face, using either a handkerchief or a tissue, while coughing or sneezing. This can help prevent spreading germs to others.
Also, teach your child how to wipe a runny nose and blow their nose gently into a tissue when it’s blocked, which can make breathing easier. Make your child throw the tissue in the garbage after use and wash his or her hands after sneezing or coughing.

3. Flossing and Brushing
Oral hygiene is also crucial and cannot be done without. Proper flossing and brushing must be a skill learnt early and improved with practice. Teachers can help facilitate oral hygiene in preschools in India.

4. Cleaning the Fingernails
Grooming fingernails is another habit to learn for kids. These can often become breeding ground of germs if kept unclean. The germs which live under kid’s nails can be easily contacted, especially open areas of body such as mouth, eyes and nose. To ensure that such incidences do not take place, make the children learn how to clip their fingernails every week.

5. Use of Handkerchief
It is said that parents must pack a clean pair of handkerchief for their kids when they go to Preschool or Daycare. It is because children can use the same to cover their mouth and face during sneeze/cough or protect themselves from dust on the road or during play outside.

5. Teaching about Foot Hygiene
Just like oral and fingernail hygiene, foot hygiene is also crucial. A child’s foot can get dirty during play and the foot nails can carry germs, soil and a lot of foreign particles, if the feet are left unwashed. This can lead to fungal infection. Thus, at preschools, children are taught how to clean their feet, and when to change socks. Adequate footwear must be worn from home, which allows the feet to breathe. Socks must be changed from time to time.

6. Toileting  Hygiene
If needed, put a sign on the bathroom wall under the toilet paper roll to remind your child what he or she needs to do after using the washroom.Also, make children wash their hands each time they use the washroom. These healthy habits will help minimize irritation and keep infections at bay.Have patience while teaching your child about toileting hygiene, as a lot of children have trouble mastering these habits.

7. Hair Care 

For young children, it is important to wash their hair two or three times per week to keep it free from dirt and grease. Avoid washing their hair too frequently as it can dry out young scalps, making them more prone to dandruff. Along with shampooing, comb your baby’s hair two or three times a day to keep it tangle-free. Use a wide-toothed comb or a soft-bristle brush.Teach your child never to share personal objects like combs, pillows and hats. Also, teach them to avoid head-to-head contact with other kids who may be having a lice infestation.

8. Deterring Bad Habits
Certain health habits are detrimental to health, such as biting fingernails, spitting in public, digging nose etc. These habits give room for germs to build, which lead to health issues. Thus, at preschools, children are taught about difference between good and bad health habits, which are important to maintain good hygiene.

9. Dealing with Illness

Kids must take rest at home, if they are too unwell to attend preschool. However, in case they fall ill in the classes, teachers are always around to take care of them. The staff members thus prepare the children well beforehand on hygiene tips to maintain during common illnesses such as cold and cough, diarrhea etc.

Children may adopt hygiene habits, only when they enjoy doing those. One way to assure it is through in-house competitions and co-curricular activities conducted in preschools, which teach about the importance of keeping oneself clean in competitive and fun manner.
By following the above-mentioned hygiene tips, children at playschool can remain healthy and fit. To know more about preschool safety, security, hygiene and parenting blogs, follow us!

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