Those who stay clean together, definitely win together. Well, we probably just made that up but the message is still pretty valid. It doesn’t matter if you’re the world’s fastest paddler, if the rest of your crew is slacking, you’re going to have a pretty sluggish boat. Same thing applies to hygiene—it’s not enough to floss after every meal and keep your hair shiny and sleek if your kids have tartar and walk around the house in rancid Frankenstein hair. Everyone has to pull through as a unit to achieve that collective glow and win those nods of approval whenever you step out for family functions as a squad.
Now, how do you enforce hygiene standards in your home without having to seem like the self-righteous, holier than thou bad guy parent? Well look no further than to the points below:
Practice what you Preach
Modeling healthy behavior you want your child to learn is just as important as instructing them how to do it. When they’re very young, learning habits like brushing their teeth and cleaning their rooms should be a family affair — allow them to see how you brush your teeth as you help them brush theirs. And, if you’re not sure if your hygiene techniques are worthy of emulation, we’ll be glad to help you improve your effectiveness to pass on to the next generation.
Encourage Healthy Oral Hygiene
Face it, no one wants to be around people who are plagued with bad breath—kids as well. And unlike adults who can be diplomatic about these things, kids are known for their notorious brutal honesty and wouldn’t mind telling you to your face that your mouth reeks.
Begin teaching them to brush and floss on their own around age 6 to avoid the stigma that comes with having mouth odor. Brushing and flossing are the primary ways to remove bacterial plaque from teeth, the main cause for dental disease. You should begin brushing your child’s teeth when they first appear; around age 6 you can begin encouraging them to brush for themselves and learn to floss.
Also, warn older children and teens about practices that are unhealthy for the mouth. As children enter their teen years, they’re under increased pressure from peers to try unhealthy practices. Oral piercings like tongue and lip bolts can increase tooth damage — chipping and wear — and gum recession, infection and bone loss. Tobacco use, both smoke and smokeless, can also cause tooth staining, increase the risk of decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Begin stressing the dangers these practices pose to their general and oral health before they reach puberty.
Encourage Frequent Hand Washing:
Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of disease. You should especially teach your kids to wash their hands before and after meals, after going to the bathroom, after playing with the pets or running around, gardening and when you come into contact with someone who is sick. This particular habit should be imbibed in them especially in this global pandemic era. In order to achieve effective results, make sure you teach them how to wash their hands properly and regularly;
- Wet hands with clean water and apply soap.
- Lather by rubbing them thoroughly with soap.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse the hands well.
- Dry your hands with a towel or air dry.
Make Them Bathe Often
We know, this point seems self-explanatory and should be common knowledge to everyone. But as crazy as it sounds, kids have a reputation for having a strong disdain for taking showers. For some reason there’s just something about getting into the bath that makes their tender skins crawl. But it’s your job as a parent to always come out on top in that fight for cleanliness.
You could make it a fun activity by introducing bath toys, sing-alongs and probably re-enact some of their favorite cartoons by posing as the lather monster or The Abominable Snowman.
And also make them see the science of it as well. Make them understand that cleaning the body washes away dead skin cells and dirt and helps fight the spread of disease. For older adults, it’s recommended to shower or take a bath at least twice a week to achieve the positive effects.
Clean Clothes Should be Worn at all Times
Granted, doing the laundry of active kids who for some reason, avoid the sidewalk and derive immense pleasure in rolling in muddy parks is a nightmare, but that’s the job we signed up for as parents. If we don’t do it, who will? And no matter how much your son loves his autographed Batman hoodie, it’s unacceptable to let him wear it for seven days in a row. Also, there’s no harm in teaching your kids to do their own laundry when you feel they’re old enough to do it safely and quite effectively. Teach them to wash their clothes after they wear them with a detergent and dry them immediately upon rinsing, as dirty clothes can harbor bacteria that could lead to body odor or even skin irritations.
Create a Routine
Whatever your family’s process may be to maintain good personal hygiene, make either a mental checklist or write it down. This way, you’ll remember and keep up with the steps you need to take to stay clean and healthy. You could as well be the ‘extra’ parent who pastes sticky notes and send reminders to group chats, urging everyone to floss before game night or trim their nails before petting the dog.
Visit the Doctor
Maintaining regular healthcare appointments can help your family catch infections and illnesses early, making it easier to treat them. Visit your healthcare provider when you have a concern and schedule routine check-ups. And also teach them affectionately that the doctor’s office is not a house of horrors and there’s no reason to be afraid of taking a trip down there. You can definitely trust your friends in scrubs.
So please make it a duty to see to it that your family abides by the written and unwritten laws of great hygiene. Remember, it’s a mean sin to choose not to stay clean (And yes, we made that up too). Be sure to contact us for more health tips and feel free to book a consultation with us today.