Health: how to teach your children to have good hygiene.

It is up to parents to teach children good hygiene, and this needs to begin when children are very young.

Children don't automatically understand the necessity for good hygiene. On the contrary, most of the time children are too busy to pay attention to the condition of their bodies. It is up to parents to teach children good hygiene, and this needs to begin when children are very young.

Typically, you can start teaching your child good hygiene when he is just a baby. Since you will probably give your baby a bath every day or so, you can begin talking to him about why he is taking a bath, even if he doesn't understand what you are saying! Eventually, he will learn that baths are a necessary part of his daily activity, and he'll understand why he needs them. You should also change your baby's soiled diaper as soon as possible.

You should also begin brushing your baby's teeth even if he only has a couple of those teeth peeking through his gums. You can help him develop good oral health by feeding him good foods and taking care of those pearly whites as soon as they begin to develop. Once your child is old enough to handle flossing, you can teach him how to floss. You will need to consult your child's dentist as to when you should begin.

As you begin to potty train your toddler, you will need to teach her the proper way to clean herself. Little girls need to learn to wipe from the front to the back to reduce the risk of bacterial infections. You will probably begin potty training your son by letting him sit on the potty even when he urinates. As he grows, though, you can teach him how to stand when peeing. Mishaps will occur, and your little one isn't too young to learn how to wipe the toilet seat or sides if he misses his aim. You should also teach your child to put the toilet seat and cover down when he or she has finished using the commode. Help your child understand the importance of cleanliness by changing him out of his soiled underpants as soon as possible after any accidents that might occur.

It is just as important that you teach your child to wash his hands after each time he uses the bathroom. He should do this at home as well as when he is away from home. You can encourage your little one to use soap and water by purchasing fun hand soaps for him to use.

If baths are a chore, turn your child's bath time into bubble time. Most children love bubbles, and they'll ask to take a bath just to play in the bubbles. Make sure you purchase bath bubbles that are gentle for your child's sensitive skin.

As your child grows into a pre-teen and teen, she will need to begin using deodorant, and she'll probably need to shower every day. While girls may be more fastidious about keeping clean, boys may put off taking a shower, and they may also not realize or even care how they smell. You can encourage your pre-teen or teen to maintain good hygiene habits by purchasing him some individual accessories, such as deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and even cologne. Let your son have a say in what type of scent he prefers. He'll be more likely to use it if it is something he likes. Most boys don't want anything that smells too flowery or fruity.

Once your daughter begins menstruating, you need to tell her how to keep herself as clean as possible. Instruct her to change her pads or tampons regularly. It is especially important that she change her tampons quite frequently to lessen her chances of getting toxic shock syndrome. Show her how she should dispose of her tampons and pads by wrapping them in toilet paper and throwing them in the trash. You can help your child develop good hygiene by teaching her when she is just a baby and continuing to emphasize the importance of cleanliness as she develops into a young woman.

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