I have always believed in the phrase 'health and hygiene goes hand in hand'.; When my daughter was born some 9 years back, we didn't use to get sanitizers at my mom's place as it was a small town, but I had asked my mom to request every close friend or relative to wash their hands before taking the baby in their arms. Many people took this in spirit and complied while some of them considered it too modern or 'Kya hum saaf nahi hai kind of stuff' but I had not budged.
Years later when my sister's daughter was born at the same place thankfully we had sanitizers but still requesting someone to use it before meeting the baby was an issue with some people!!
Maintaining hygiene at home and in our day to day practices. It is a way of life and when it comes to kids, whether infants or toddlers or even teenagers, it is imperative that they make it a habit to practice it.
From whatever little experience I have as a mother, I can say that instilling these good habits in kids from an early age pays later. It not only helps them fight some of the infections and diseases which are all around us these days (thanks to increasing pollution) but also makes their personality pleasing. At home, in school, after coming back home from outside or even when at someone else's home or place once learnt, these habits stay with them for a lifetime.
While infants are mostly dependant on their parents as far as hygiene related things like feeding, hygiene and cleaning; hygiene is a concern for toddlers and above we can start teaching them a few things which I am listing below:
Also at home, we know that our toilets are clean, but teaching kids to use a clean toilet only when outside home and how to use toilet paper to clean the seat is necessary. Washing their hands properly after every visit to loo is also a must.
Besides all these main points, things like feet cleaning, maybe with plain water before sleeping, using clean and properly dried clothes and towels, removing slippers and shoes outside the home, throwing used tissues in a bin, using a napkin while coughing and sneezing,; cleaning ears once a week and many other small things from our day to day routine can be taught.
Children see and follow us so it is we who can make them.learn so much by just leading through example.
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