School is back, and the one thing that parents always struggle with is the fact that they are no longer able to monitor their child’s behaviour and what they are getting up to during the school day. Parents have no control over what germs their child is picking up or sharing with others, therefore it is important to teach your child good hygiene.
Whether you are parenting a toddler or teenager, a few useful lifestyle tips can do a lot in keeping your child happy and healthy.
It does not matter how much you stress cleanliness in your home, your child will be exposed to a host of germs wherever else they go – from school, to friends’ houses to extramurals. The first step in order to eradicate germs is to make sure that your child washes their hands regularly – and correctly. Hands should be washed with warm water and soap, the soap should be lathered on the hands for about 20 seconds before they rinsed off, making sure to scrub both the front and back of their hands as well as between each finger and around their nails. It is a good idea to use paper towels to dry their hands and to close the faucet.