Good hygiene practises are more important than ever before. An unhygienic environment can affect your baby’s development and physical health and with the current COVID-19 pandemic, parents are urged to be on even higher alert.
Most parents have a list of typical (but very important questions) such as: When is the right age to let my child explore the garden? Which bath soaps should I use for my baby to prevent skin irritation? What does a good nappy comprise of? And many more. Luckily, here are a few tips to help every parent cope a little better through the transition of the ‘new normal’.
Pampers South Africa gives parents five practical tips to help them cope with hygiene concerns for their child during these times:
- We’re a few months into the national lockdown and parents have had to create a new routine spanning everything from home-schooling to solo playtime. They have also had to introduce an additional element of hygiene practice for their child around the house. Besides the usual hand-washing practice, parents can look into introducing sanitizing ‘booths’ around the home and in the play areas (in/outdoors). This is one of the best ways to educate children about proper hygiene even after playing.
- Whatever your baby can see they will want to touch, smell, and eventually taste. Their hands, eyes, and mouth are the most active senses at their early stages of development, so remember to keep their hands and objects around them sanitised and sterilised. Also, parents should play a frequent role in keeping themselves clean and sanitised before any interaction with their baby. Remember to also remove objects which are heavily sanitised in alcohol from baby’s reach to avoid infections or illness caused by being in frequent contact with these objects.
- It is also important to remember that children grow rapidly, especially as infants. Grooming should be done more frequently during this time. Their nails are a good place for germs and bacteria to hide, and the longer the nails the more dirt they can hide. It is advisable to trim your child’s nails twice a month at least to limit germ and bacteria build-up.
- Breast-feeding has also become a matter of caution with a virus that is airborne. Moms are encouraged to change their clothes regularly as well as take a bath before breastfeeding, this ensures a limited risk of passing on the virus to your baby. If you have a toddler it’s a great exercise for them too to practise hygiene and cleanliness.
- Parents must also ensure that the surfaces or objects that their children come into contact with outside their home are kept hygienic. Parents should ensure that the toys their children use at day-care are properly and frequently disinfected, alternatively, they can provide their kids with their own toys to take to school, and that they do not have to share with others. These will still need to be disinfected, along with other items like their schoolbag.
We are currently living through tough and ever-changing times, which also hugely affects environments that children have to live, learn, and thrive in. However, there is no need to neglect playtime in the garden, a walk in the park, or a trip to get some ice cream. The best thing parents can do is create a ‘new normal’ for their children, introduce new hygiene practices as a new way of life and routine. Eventually, the new normal will just be normal.