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Let’s talk about… Personal hygiene

Child in the bath
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  • Author: oliverkyle

Personal hygiene is an important part of self care and staying healthy.

Encouraging your child to develop positive personal hygiene habits from a young age will help to prevent illness, help them be more aware of their body and enable them to stay healthy.

Some of the aspects of personal hygiene that you can work on together include:

Brushing teeth – twice a day

Child brushing his teeth

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Cleaning and washing body on a regular basis

Child in the bath

As children head towards puberty, they will start to sweat more, which can lead to increased body odour (B.O.). They may find they need to wash more regularly than before, and should be having a shower or bath every day.

They may also want to start using deodorant to combat sweating and the smell from the increased body odour.

Checking hair weekly for headlice

Kids on a tablet

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Washing hands

Ensuring your child regularly washes their hands, especially after the following, is also really important in maintaining high levels of personal hygiene:

After using the toilet

Hand washing

After coughing, sneezing or blowing nose

Young girl sneezing

Before meals or handling food

Preparing dinner

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