As a parent, you do not have
an escape route when it comes to taking good care of your children. It can be
hard sometimes going over the basics with them about the need for proper
hygiene. Even at a very young age, children don’t want to be called untidy;
they naturally become overly sensitive when being told these things. It becomes
even more difficult when you have teens with “sweaty socks syndrome” or ones
that are overly allergic to certain body lotions which might spur their sweat
glands to over-secrete more body fluids.
a truth, sweaty feet are just a signal or warning of what is to come because as
children grow older and hit puberty their hormones become very active and their
hygiene requirements increase drastically. As a result of the sensitivity of
the issue, some parents avoid discussing it with their children so as not to
get them worked up or feel bad about walking around with their body odour. This
can drastically dampen their self-confidence around their peers, among friends
and even in class and this might hurt his psyche going forward.
children naturally outgrow it, parents need to do their bit to help their
children overcome the stigma attached to having body odour as a result of
sweaty armpits as well as sweaty feet. Hygiene related issues should not be
taken lightly, as several illnesses could be contracted through it. Children are
prone to developing scrawny looking skin, rashes, eczema, and so many other
hygiene-related illnesses. So it’s expedient for parents to sit down
with their kids and have a long talk about why they need to cultivate good
hygiene patterns, how you can give your preteen daughter responsibility for her
where do you start? How do you make them see the need for proper hygiene even
when they are too young to see the need for it without them nagging, kicking or
complaining? Here are a few tips you need:
kids at a very early age scientifically do not need to shower every day but
immediately they reach puberty, it becomes essential for them to bath and
shower more frequently. At this stage, they should be instructed to wash their
face more, their hands, feet, armpits, buttocks, groins as well as their
fingernails because so many germs stay hidden in them for so long. They should
make use of mild soaps and soft sponges as well because soaps and sponges with
hard or rough surface might cause injuries to sensitive parts of their body.
Washing their hair
hair is also a very important part of the body that needs nutrients, proper
care, proper washing to combat greasy, oily deposits in the body to avoid acne
and pimples outbreak on the face. All these be discussed with teens in a very
interesting and educative manner, with the absence chiding them or make fun of
what they look like when they don’t take care of their hair. In some way, that
might help children to sit up and take your instructions to adopt proper
Changing of Clothes as needed
at a young age get away with wearing the same clothes or shirt, same underwear,
or their favourite socks repeatedly. Once a child hits puberty that just won’t work!
Let them know they won’t get a free pass to do that, they need to cultivate
showering, wearing clean clothes each day, which is important to make them
feel, smell nice and be healthy. Parents also need to reduce the number of
cotton clothes they have because it absorbs sweat better than other materials.
at a young age rarely have serious acne skin outbreaks, especially kids at the
age of 10, but it’s good to start early with instructing and teaching them to
wash their face at all times. Never allow them to use any rough clothing or
materials for cleaning their face, a simple wash would do to avoid skin
irritation or cracking of the skin.
Maintaining Good Oral Health
can become complacent with taking good care of their teeth; this is why parents
need to be observant of things such as bad breath and yellowing of teeth. Aside
from this, what do they eat? What kind of drinks do they take? Especially if
they are drinking coffee, sugary, acidic sodas and sports drink, then you are
to pay close attention to the maintenance of good oral health.
child wants to have bad breath. As a parent you need to leverage on this to
your advantage to get them to cooperate with you. Inculcate good oral habits
which would make them like seeing their teeth white, clean, strong and healthy
and motivate them to continue doing so.
Understanding the body
hygiene education is not complete without knowledge of how the body works; this
is more reason why parents need to dwell on this to orient their children on
topics relating to puberty. Girls need to know about breast development and
menstruation, just as boys need to know about wet dreams and erections. Don’t
dilly-dally around such topics; there are mild approaches to educating them
about such sensitive parts of their bodies. A few of those approaches
include giving them necessary information about puberty, menstruation, buying
books which can enlighten them about the need for hygienic habits as regard
their private organs.
can’t be bystanders when it comes to the health and hygiene of children,
because bad hygiene in children would rub off on the entire family either in
school, church or anywhere. It would send a skewed message to be people that
such parents are not doing their jobs well enough and need to redouble their
efforts. Hygiene is for all and parents must lead by example, so their children
would naturally take after such principles.