How to Cultivate Hygienic Habits in Children

How to Cultivate Hygienic Habits in Children

For a child to grow in a healthy way proper hygiene is essential. Habits formed by children in their time of growth play a great role in determining their hygienic habits. It is normal for a kid to move up and down playing everywhere and exposing himself to dirt. Playing is a major necessity for healthy growth but if precautions are not taken health hazards can be rampant. Improper hygiene may do as much harm to a person in adulthood if not in childhood. Body disorders like skin diseases and odour are born of poor hygiene. Cleanliness should therefore, be the leading priority to ensure sound growth in children.

Contamination in children can take place through physical contact especially when in crowded busesTeaching your child fundamental habits to cultivate his hygiene is vital. Here are basic practices you should implement in your child:


Washing hands is the best way to maintain cleanliness. Children should be taught on how to wash their hands regularly. A child should wash hands for at least 15 seconds before rinsing. Hand cleanliness is achieved by use of disinfectants as well as best soaps. Children should be taught on how to form a habit of cleaning their hands; after visiting the restroom, after returning from school, and before dining. This reduces the chances of ingesting germs while eating.



Air borne diseases can be spread via coughing. By teaching your child to cover his mouth either with a handkerchief or bare arm when coughing can greatly reduce contamination of diseases among children. Equip your child with a tissue or a handkerchief when going to mingle with other kids.


Hands pick a lot of impurities and germs when a child gets into contact with dirty surfaces. If the same unwashed hands are used to either pick the nose or touch the eyes and the mouth germs are bound to get into the child’s body via such openings.


Let your child adapt to the habit of bathing at least once a day. The best recommended time for children’s bath is in the evening. Children are always exhausted at this time and will need to relax their bodies by taking a bath before sleep. A child can as well take a shower in the morning before setting out for the day. Some children can bathe on their own but if need be it is important to supervise him so as to ensure thorough cleaning of the body is done.

Above all, there is need to educate children on the importance of proper hygiene. Children’s immunity may not be as strong as that of an adult hence the need to take a proactive approach on children’s cleanliness. By doing so, children lead healthy lives and carry hygienic habits to their adulthood.