Kids will be kids. It isn’t odd to find your toddler getting into some messy food that you left on the counter or find just a little bit of drool on the shoulder of your shirt. However, teaching your children basic hygiene at a young age could be detrimental to their future health. Educating your toddlers about healthy habits sets the course for their future habits and lifestyle.
Washing Your Hands
Teaching your child to wash their hands immediately after eating or playing outside is a great practice to instill the most important hygiene habit into their daily schedule. Making washing hands a habitual practice is incredibly important to remember during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC recommends frequent hand washing and sanitization practices in order to slow the spread of the virus.
TIP: An easy way to teach kids how long to wash their hands for is to have them spell ‘RAINBOW’ twice while lathering their hands with soap and rinsing them under hot water.
Covering A Cough
Educating your child on the importance of covering a cough or sneeze is one of the most important habits to teach, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although children are less susceptible to personally contracting the virus, they can still transmit the virus if they were around infected family members or friends.
TIP: Have your child also wear a mask in public. The CDC recommends all children over the age of 2 wear a mask in public. Although masks are not mandatory in public in all states, teaching your child to wear a mask for their health and to protect others’ health will assist in defeating the COVID-19 virus.
Schedule out a regular bathing routine. Not only will regular bathing help your child’s overall hygiene, a nightly warm bath can help relax your energetic youngster before bed time.
TIP: Add one cup of lavender epsom salts to the bath. This will help relax your child’s mind and muscles so they can get a good night’s sleep.
Small steps through daily practices are necessary in order to inspire your child to want to live a healthy lifestyle. Set a good example by personally practicing regular washing and sanitizing at home and in public when around your children. Keep some Clean Buddies™ compact sanitizing wipes when you go in public with your child. The individually wrapped wipes are convenient for on-the-go use.