Notes from the Nurses: Hygiene

Personal hygiene is how you care for your body. Bathing, brushing your teeth and hair are examples. Practicing daily hygiene habits can help keep our bodies healthy and also improve our self esteem & body image. 

Hands

We all have been hearing a lot about handwashing. Bacteria & germs can be easily spread from your hands. It is a simple but very important way to help keep us and our loved ones healthy.  

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  • Before eating or preparing food
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching/petting an animal or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

Follow these five steps every time:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Bathing/Showering 

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Helping it stay clean can help prevent germs and body odor. Whether you bathe daily or a few times a week, don't forget to wash your entire body. 

  • Remember to wash your ears, armpits, feet, hair, private parts and your bottom. 
  • Keep your nails clean and trimmed. 
  • Brush your hair everyday.
  • Change into clean clothes and underwear daily. 

Oral Hygiene 

Daily oral hygiene helps prevent cavities, bad breath and gum issues. 

  • Remember to brush two times a day.
  • Floss everyday.
  • Limit sugary drinks and sweets.
  • See your dentist regularly.
  • Remember to keep your braces & retainers clean and cared for. 

Taking care of our bodies is good for not only our physical health but our mental health too.


Some helpful and fun links:

(Click on the link to go to the site.)

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/health-wellness-and-safety-resources/helping-hands/personal-hygiene

https://mywisekids.com/teaching-kids-about-germs/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ2e0KH5WrI

https://www.brainpop.com/health/personalhealth/personalhygiene/

https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/health-wellness-and-safety-resources/helping-hands/personal-hygiene


Why did the tree go to the dentist? He needed a root canal!      

What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel!