How To Teach Personal Hygiene To School Students?

Practising good personal hygiene at school is essential for students to stay clean, healthy and safe from germs and illnesses. Here are some tips on how to teach personal hygiene to kids and students.

By Ashwin Dewan  • 8 min read

How To Teach Personal Hygiene To School Students?

Whether your child is just starting school or resuming classes after vacations, she is being exposed to germs in many ways. Germs can spread very quickly from child to child when they cough, sneeze or eat contaminated food. Students are at risk of exposure to germs while playing, sharing food with friends, mixing closely with other children, etc. In fact, schools can be a breeding ground of germs. And, if you do not teach your child about the importance of proper hygiene in school, she will be susceptible to various illnesses like cough, cold, fever, head lice, etc.

Importance of school hygiene for students

Good personal hygiene is important not only for your child but for the entire family as well. The germs your child picks up at school can easily spread to the rest of the family.

You may ensure your child wears a clean uniform and carries all the school essentials, but it is also vital that you teach him basic cleanliness. This article looks at various ways to ensure that students understand the importance of personal hygiene in school.

You can follow some simple steps that will help in two ways—one, these steps can promote good personal hygiene in children and two, they help prevent the spread of germs in school.

Tips for teaching kids about good personal hygiene habits

1. Hygiene starts with the hands

Hand washing is one of the most important and basic hygiene habits you should teach your child. It is also an effective way to prevent the spread of germs in school. Teach your child to wash her hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after eating food, after using the toilet, coughing or sneezing, playing in the school ground, etc.

Washing hands with soap and water should become a daily habit with your children.

Begin teaching your child rules of personal hygiene with the tips in this ClipBook

2. Ensure your child’s finger nails are clean 

It is a widely known fact that fingernails are a breeding ground for bacteria. The germs that accumulate under your child’s nails can get easily transferred to his mouth, eyes and nose. This can lead to infection and illness in most cases. Ensure that your child’s fingernails are clipped and trimmed every week on a regular basis.

3. Teach your child to cover her nose while coughing or sneezing

When your child coughs or sneezes without covering her nose and mouth, germs get airborne. This can be especially dangerous in a classroom where the children are seated close to each other. To prevent this, encourage your child to use a handkerchief. Tissues work just as well. Make sure your child throws the used tissues in a bin and washes her hands with soap and water afterwards.

As parents, it is important that you ensure that your little ones develop a good personal hygiene. Here are some things that parents need to follow:

  • Regular washing of toys: Many schools have play areas where the children can bring their favourite stuffed toys to play with. During such classes, children pass their toys around to share with other children. Not only are the toys passed around, but germs are also transmitted through them. So, make sure you wash your child’s toys regularly.
  • Foot hygiene: One aspect that parents often overlook in their school-going children is foot hygiene. Sometimes, sweaty feet, also known as athlete’s feet, can lead to fungal infections. Make your child wear cotton-lined socks instead of those made of synthetic fibre so that her feet can breathe.
  • Food hygiene: Food is another important aspect where hygiene is of utmost importance. While packing food for your child, ensure you wash the lunch box properly. Always pack food that has been freshly prepared along with a bottle of clean water.

Apart from these hygiene factors, as parents, it is your responsibility to:

  • Keep your child’s school bag clean and free from remnants of food. This becomes even more important if your child carries packed lunch or snacks to school.
  • Ensure your child changes into a clean set of socks and innerwear on a regular basis.
  • Always wash school uniforms at a high temperature to kill bacteria.

Maintaining personal hygiene will help your child ward off diseases. Check out this article for some practical tips on personal hygiene for children.

Daily Personal Hygiene Tips For Your Toddler

If your child gets sick, ensure that you visit the doctor if he is not getting better in a couple of days. Do not send your child to school until he has fully recovered. Remember, staying clean and following proper personal hygiene habits is the beginning to a healthy life for your child.

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Written by Ashwin Dewan on 12 September 2017; updated on 15 April 2020

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