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7 Tips on hygiene habits

In childhood, the child knows the functioning of the world, the house, the norms and rules, the family to which he belongs and his own body. Personal hygiene is part of these findings and should be encouraged by parents as well as the school. "It is a little thing that the cucumber is twisted".  

 

 

"The example is not a way of teaching, it is the only way". 

The learning of hygiene habits, as well as other behaviors to be acquired, must be included in daily practices and these moments must be pleasurable, so that the child enjoys doing them.  

Hygiene habits are important for the healthy growth of the child, at various levels, and are built on a daily basis.

Some Montessori tips to help the baby or child in the step of introducing infant hygiene habits:
 

1. Parents or educators should be an example

Children mirror the actions of adults in all aspects and behaviors, be it personal hygiene or others. Everything is learned more in practice than in theory. There is no point in explaining hygiene care if you don't set an example. In this way, allow the child to observe you while washing your hands before meals, while brushing your teeth after each meal , or while disinfecting your hands .

 

 

2. Perform the activities, describing them step by step

While the child is watching you wash your hands, brush your teeth, clean your nails and comb your hair, take a shower, describe the process and explain why. This will facilitate familiarization with the context in which such actions are needed. It is possible that the child will feel the urge to repeat the step out loud, imitating his attitude.

 

3. Let the child decide on some aspect of the task

What was the father who never faced a tantrum when bathing, brushing teeth or making bed?

Instead of forcing the activity to take place, creating a negative interaction, work around the situation in a positive and conciliatory way, asking your child to choose some aspect of the activity. 

 

 

For example, the child cannot choose whether to bathe or not, but he can decide which shampoo, which soap, which toy or which towel to use. This tip is for several situations: two or three options at most for the child to learn to have some control over their actions and, over time, perform them alone. On the road to autonomy!

 

4. Associate hygienic moments with music or stories

The consolidation of habits in the routine can be helped by using children's songs or stories that talk about brushing your teeth , combing your hair , keeping your nails clean and cleaning your ears . Sing them before or during activities. In addition to facilitating execution, it also makes it more fun. The same can be applied to encourage making the bed in the morning and to tidy up the room.

 



 

5. Finger in the nose, no! Clean nose , yes! 

To prevent the child from constantly taking the catota out of his nose, teach him to clean his nose in the bath and to blow it properly, with a tissue or a compress , or a towel , when he feels something is obstructing. Thus, the child will not have a tendency to put his finger in his nose.

 

6. Dialogue with the child to understand the source of the problem

It is verified, several times, that the child has a lot of difficulty or refuses to perform any activity, such as combing the hair, talk to the child and try to find out what is making it difficult. 

For example, some children avoid combing their hair or complain when combing it because they have a sensitive scalp. Possible solution: hair brushes with softer bristles.  

 

 

7. Food hygiene too!

Cleaning food before consumption is another fundamental aspect , related to the care of one's own body, which should not be neglected. One of the previous tips can also be applied here: instead of just explaining, exemplify and demonstrate the importance of washing fruits, for example, before eating them. 




 

 

 

Catarina Vilela (nurse)