How to Teach Kids About Hygiene

A young girl learning how to wash her hands with her mom.

It’s never too early to teach your kids about proper hygiene habits. Proper hygiene is not only important to reduce the risk of contracting different illnesses and viruses, it’s also good for personal appearance. While your kids may not thank you now for taking the time to teach them good habits, they will later down the road. Learn how to teach your kids good hygiene habits below.

3 Good Hygiene Practices for Kids

  • Covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing

One of the easiest ways germs spread is by not covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing. To minimize the spread of germs in your home, their classroom and more, it’s important to teach your kids to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing. One of the best ways to teach your children a new habit is by leading by example. Additionally, if your child is about to sneeze or cough, remind them to use their elbow. Once they do, praise them for doing it the right way.

  • Washing hands

It’s not only important to teach your kids how to wash their hands, it’s also important to teach them when to wash their hands. For example, before eating, after touching pets, after playing on the playground or after being around someone that’s sick. When teaching your kids how to wash their hands, have them wet their hands in clean water and add soap. Next, tell them to rub their hands while singing their ABC’s, before rinsing them in clean water.

  • Clean fingernails

Unfortunately, if fingernails are unkempt, they can hold all sorts of dirt and bacteria. With how often we touch our faces, throughout the day, it’s essential to keep nails clean. Using a nail brush at night or after playing outside can help to minimize the risk of dirt and bacteria building up. Additionally, cut their nails every week or so to keep their nails short. As they get older, they can be taught to cut their nails themselves.

National Storage Is Your Storage Solution

At National Storage, we know that the most important thing is keeping your family healthy and happy. In the mission to reduce the spread of bacteria and germs, it’s also a smart idea to give your home a little TLC. The more surfaces you have in your home, the more difficult it can be to keep it clean. If your home has rooms with furniture that never gets used, toys that are no longer played with or clothes that haven’t been worn, let us help you find a storage solution.

National Storage have storage facilities all throughout Michigan, including in Kalamazoo, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. For storage in Ohio, check out the Dayton and Lakewood locations.

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