This week we celebrate national hygiene week! Personal hygiene is how you take care of your body, it includes certain habits like brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and bathing regularly. These habits limit your chances of developing an illness.
Every day people encounter many microscopic germs, bacteria, and viruses. This year, awareness of personal hygiene has increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People have been wearing protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and face shields. This equipment reduces one's exposure to germs and viruses but not eliminate the risk. Additionally, children under the age of 7 are not required to wear masks. It is still crucial to continue to highlight the importance of personal hygiene, especially among children.
The basics of personal hygiene
Washing your hands before you eat is also a great way to encourage personal hygiene and avoid exposure to germs. Kids often touch many things covered in germs (the playground, dirt, animals, etc.). If your child then eats food they are potentially exposing germs to their mouth increasing their chances to develop illnesses. Therefore, it is important to encourage children to wash their hands also before they eat.
Kids in kindergarten get more attention from their caregivers and are more pleasant to interact with when they have good personal hygiene. This provides them with more personal interaction, which is good for their development. It is important to make sure to clean your children regularly.
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