To teach kids about hygiene, tell them about germs, teach them proper cleaning techniques and set up a routine. Teach them about hygiene when they are young to establish good habits.
- Teach kids about germs
Explain that germs can't be seen, but may make people sick. Use the last time they were sick as an example to encourage proper hygiene.
- Teach them how to clean
Hands should be washed frequently with soap and warm water for at least 15 seconds, then dried thoroughly. Show kids how to wash all their body parts and their hair when showering or taking a bath. Teach them to comb their hair and brush their teeth. To make cleaning more fun, buy cleaning products designed for kids, such as foaming soap or sparkling toothpaste.
- Establish routines
Tell your kids to wash their hands before eating, after using the bathroom and after any time the hands could get dirty. Set up bath time every day. Children don't need to bathe every day, but they do during and after puberty. Have them brush their hair once a day, and take them for haircuts every four to six weeks. Hair doesn't need to be washed every day. Kids ages 5 or older should brush their teeth by themselves at least twice per day.