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5 Ways Your Kids Can Maintain Good, Healthy Habits

An important way to help our children grow into successful adults is to start teaching them about good hygiene at an early age. These lessons will help them establish healthy habits that they can continue to follow into adulthood.

Bath Time

Convincing your child to take a bath can be a struggle, but it gets easier if your child has something to look forward to. Try to make bath time fun by adding special toys or bath crayons that they will want to play with. If they can only enjoy these fun activities during bath time they will be more excited when it’s time to get clean.

Skin Care

Your child may not struggle with acne for a few more years, but it is still a good idea to establish good skin care now by washing your child’s face twice a day. It is best to use warm water and a gentle soap, but some children get very uncomfortable when their face is about to get wet. If your child will not let you wash her face, you can always just wipe it down with a baby wipe and incorporate the washing during bath time.

Oral Health

Good oral health is of the utmost importance. It’s the basis of most health concerns. That’s why professionals, like those at Smith Family Dental recommend brushing and flossing twice a day. But what can you do if she just isn’t interested? Try giving her some ownership. Take her with you to the dental aisle, and let her choose a new toothbrush and toothpaste. This freedom will make her feel responsible, and she will be excited about using her new toothbrush because it has her favorite character on it.

Hair Care

Many children, especially those with longer hair, do not enjoy getting their hair washed because the post-wash combing can really hurt. After you have finished rinsing out the shampoo, spray on some children’s detangler so the combing process can be as pain free as possible.

Hand-Washing

Proper hand washing is a great way to kill germs, but many children don’t wash their hands long enough to actually do any good. Teach them to scrub their hands while they sing “Happy Birthday” so they have an easy way to measure how long they should spend at the sink.

Good hygiene is a crucial way to maintain good health. Try these tips today to help your child learn to take better care of herself so she can stay happy and healthy year-round!

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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