Written by Ashwin Dewan and published on 04 June 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Apart from these hygiene factors, it is your responsibility as a parent to:
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.