7 Ways to Teach Your Child Good Hygiene Habits

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Start with the basics
"Hand washing is one of the most important hygiene practices we can teach our kids. The basics include washing several times daily, especially after using the ... more 
Photo by: Babble
Start with the basics
"Hand washing is one of the most important hygiene practices we can teach our kids. The basics include washing several times daily, especially after using the bathroom, using soap and water (preferable to alcohol-based hand sanitizers), using friction when washing, washing for an appropriate period of time, and proper rinsing," says Dr. Weimer. According to the Center for Disease Control, soap and water are preferable to hand sanitizers because sanitizers don't eliminate all types of germs and are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty. To encourage children to scrub for an appropriate amount of time, try having them sing "Happy Birthday" while they wash. Go on. Sing it with them. It's fun.
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Fri, Oct 5, 2012 3:34 PM EDT
7 Ways to Teach Your Child Good Hygiene Habits


No one wants their child to be the smelly kid in class, but convincing them of the importance of brushing their teeth and washing their body can be tricky and frustrating. To a kid, hygiene can seem like a hassle. Lucky for you, there are ways to make the journey to having an independent, sweet-smelling, and squeaky clean kid a little less arduous. Family physician Matthew Weimer has a few ideas about how to encourage children to practice good grooming habits. Here are 7 helpful tips for instilling proper hygiene habits in your child: - By Amber Doty



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