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So Fresh and So Clean! 7 Ways to Teach Your Child Good Hygiene Habits

By amberdoty |

No one wants their child to be the smelly kid in class, but convincing them of the importance of brushing their teeth and washing their body can be tricky and frustrating. To a kid, hygiene can seem like a hassle. Lather? Rinse? Repeat? What’s the point?

Until they reach the teenage years and realize the opposite sex appreciates the use of soap, toothpaste, and deodorant, teaching children that practicing good hygiene is essential to their health and well-being can be a daily challenge.

Lucky for you, there are ways to make the journey to having an independent, sweet-smelling, and squeaky clean kid a little less arduous. Dr. Matthew Weimer, a family physician who has been practicing for four years, has a few ideas about how to encourage children to practice good grooming habits.

Here are 7 helpful tips for instilling proper hygiene habits in your child:

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7 Ways to Teach Your Child Good Hygiene Habits

Start with the basics

"Hand washing is one of the most important hygiene practices we can teach our kids. The basics include washing several times daily, especially after using the bathroom, using soap and water (preferable to alcohol-based hand sanitizers), using friction when washing, washing for an appropriate period of time, and proper rinsing," says Dr. Weimer. According to the Center for Disease Control, soap and water are preferable to hand sanitizers because sanitizers don't eliminate all types of germs and are not as effective when hands are visibly dirty. To encourage children to scrub for an appropriate amount of time, try having them sing "Happy Birthday" while they wash. Go on. Sing it with them. It's fun.

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Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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