As parents, we teach our children how to talk and walk, how to ride a bike and how to feed and dress themselves. So why is it that sometimes we don’t teach them about personal hygiene?
“Staring a conversation with your kids about their personal, intimate hygiene and taking the time to teach them how it should be done, is an area which many parents skim over or neglect in one way or another because it makes them feel uncomfortable,” says Lynn Bluff, internationally certified childbirth educator.
In fact, the results of an in-depth study by Millward Brown, on behalf of Baby Soft, show that 70% of adults feel uncomfortable when talking about cleaning their intimate area, while 82% agreed that kids don’t have the same problem.
Why is it important to bridge this gap? If we teach our children the correct way of cleaning themselves from the time they are being potty-trained, we will instil greater cleanliness, greater awareness, and better routines for young and old, explains Lynn.
Educating your children about personal hygiene will help prevent infections caused by incorrect cleaning, as well as avoid the potential embarrassment of others detecting their body odour. We want our children to go out into the big world with confidence and play, grow and learn, but first, we need to make sure that the fundamentals are in place.
Follow these tips from Baby Soft to keep your family clean, healthy and confident:
- After using the toilet, use three to four sheets of a good quality, soft toilet paper per wipe until the paper is clean to avoid chafing delicate, intimate skin.
- Wipe from front to back. To prevent you from coming into contact with harmful bacteria, never wrap the toilet paper.
- Always wash your hands with soap and dry thoroughly. It’s the best way to stop the spread of germs.
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