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As you teach your child to walk, jump, color and play, help him learn about hygiene basics like hand washing, bathing, brushing his teeth and hair, as well as using the bathroom; so you can help him stay away from germ sand diseases.
You think child hygiene education is not that easy? You are right; instilling the concept of hygiene in children’s minds requires tremendous effort, patience and perseverance. It is yet a necessity that must be fulfilled.
That said, we will provide you with some fun, interesting and creative tips to teach your child personal hygiene care:
- Teach your child a song to sing along while washing his hands, brushing his teeth or cleaning his hair. For even more fun, try to compose special songs to sing together during any of these activities.
- Stand with your child in front of the mirror and brush his teeth. Then ask him to try brushing yours. Wash your hands then ask your child to follow your lead and wash his own hands.
- Still in front of the mirror, comb your child’s hair, and then ask him to do that to you. Imitation is a sure way of teaching your child.
- Buy your child a distinctive toothbrush fitted with some lights that turn off when it’s time to stop brushing and to cleanse with water.
- Turn bath time into a fun game that will teach your child about his body parts and how to clean them using “Simon says” game: “Simon says wash your feet”. Say that and help your child find his feet and wipe them with a damp cloth.
- Use your child’s favorite doll to teach him about his body parts and the right techniques to clean each of them. Then ask him to apply what he learned on himself and the doll.
- Choose different scents and shapes of soaps to encourage your child clean his body using them.
- Schedule your child’s hygiene tasks and put it on a poster board. Every time your child goes to the bathroom, washes his hands before eating or after playing outside, give him a sticker and place it on the poster board.
In addition to these fun and effective strategies, remember to be a role model to your child by practicing good body hygiene and grabbing every chance to wash your hands and brush your teeth when he is around, because he is always looking at you to imitate you, for you are his mother and his teacher.
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