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Teaching Your Grade-Schooler Good Personal Hygiene

Health and hygiene go hand in hand, and there is nothing more important than teaching your child the basics of proper hygiene during their formative years to set them on the right path. Grade-schoolers in particular should have all the basics covered since they tend to be more exposed to germs and diseases at school. Here are some of the basics that you need to cover when mentoring your little one on cleanliness: 

Hand Washing: Teaching your child to wash their hands after they come home from school, play outside, use the bathroom and before they eat helps them set up their first line of defense against germs and diseases. One of the basic weapons in your child’s hygiene arsenal should be soap, as not only does it protect your child from germs, it also helps prevent the spread of germs and diseases. Make sure that your little one learns how to wash their hands thoroughly with soap, since most children merely place their hands under running water for a few seconds without soap before wiping up and running off to play. 

Dental Hygiene: Grade-schoolers have sufficient motor skill control to be able to brush their teeth with little or no help from mommy and daddy, which makes them particularly primed for learning good dental hygiene. In addition to teaching your child how to brush their teeth, try to get them used to flossing as well. If your little one suffers from bad breath, have them gently scrape the back of their tongue with their toothbrush. It might be worth investing in a fun-looking timer or hourglass to get your kid to brush longer and more thoroughly. 

Bath Time: Bathing your child regularly until they’re old enough to do it on their own is important. Not all kids enjoy bathing, but with some forethought and a bit of patience, you can get your little one looking forward to spending time in the tub. Try to make baths a fun and relaxing activity for both you and your kid by keeping things on the light side, bringing along toys and singing in the tub. It’s also a good idea to set bath time as part of your child’s bedtime routine to eliminate morning or mid-day rushes. Try to gradually get your child used to showers, which are less time consuming, waste less water , and can be more fun for kids. If your child wants to start showering independently, let them do so while you supervise for safety. Children 6 years and older can usually shower on their own with minor supervision from moms during the shampooing and rinsing process. Be sure to make your tub child-safe by setting a secure bath mat on the tub floor to prevent slipping. 

Eyes and Mouth Touching and Nose Picking: Children’s hands often carry germs that were picked up in the playground or the classroom, which is why it’s important to teach your little one not to rub their eyes or touch their mouth before washing their hands, and never to pick their nose, since germs can enter the body through the eyes’ mucous membranes and through the nose and mouth.

Covering Sneezes and Coughs: Sneezing and coughing are some of the primary ways that germs and viruses spread. Train your child to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they do either, or to use their arm if they can’t reach a tissue box in time. Make a habit of placing Fine Pocket Tissues in your child’s lunchbox, school bag or uniform pocket to ensure that they’ve got suitable protection at all times.