Adopting healthy sanitation practices is the first step to ensure that one leads a healthy life. Find out how you can guide your child to adopt hygienic practices.
By Richa Shukla
Germs are everywhere. They can be transmitted from the hands, feet and skin into the body causing diarrhoea, food poisoning, respiratory infections and malnutrition. They may not be visible to the naked eye. They may reside in the toys children play with, in the handrails of the public transport that people use and in other objects of everyday use. The growing pollution levels and population density cause rapid spread of germs. Hence, it becomes imperative that we focus on protecting ourselves and our children from disease-spreading germs. Simple concepts about germs being present everywhere and how you can prevent these germs from disrupting a healthy life must be stressed upon at an early age in children, at a time when they are still building habits.
As per Public Health Association, almost 47% of the population in India does not wash their hands with soap after defecation, 62% does not wash hands with soap before eating and 70% does not wash hands with soap before preparing food. It’s critical to establish simple habits of hygiene among children to ensure that they grow up healthy and strong.
It is important to understand that to establish hygiene habits among children, you must engage them so that they can be educated.
This World Water Day, we share some simple tips to inculcate hygiene among children.
These simple methods of ensuring effective sanitation go a long way in nurturing healthy kids with hygienic habits which can, in turn, reduce the burden of preventable diseases. It will also enable children to understand that they are responsible for their health. Children empowered with knowledge about sanitation and health can be instrumental in building communities of change.
The author is Content Expert at Sesame Workshop India. She has 14 years of experience in early childhood education space teaching and developing curriculum. Sesame India conducts campaigns focusing on health and hygiene habits among children to arouse their interest in hygiene and inculcate healthy habits at an early age.
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