How Kids Hygiene Books Help Kids and Parents Become More COVID Precautious

Posted on: 17 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has made many people feel more conscious of their health care risks and decisions. If you're looking for kids' hygiene books to minimize misinformation and increase healthy habits, it important to remember that small habits can make big differences. Here are some of the healthy habits your child might learn from kids' hygiene books.

Learn More About Habit Buddies

Good habits have a way of multiplying. You can help your children build better habits by combining healthy habits. These "habit buddies" can help protect them against COVID-19 and help them develop healthy hygiene routines.

1. Wash and Brush. Kids' hygiene books often focus on basic hygiene habits like brushing your teeth, washing your hands after you go to the bathroom, and regularly cleaning surfaces. When you teach your child to brush your teeth, you should also encourage them to wash their hands before they brush. To make the washing and brushing more effective, consider using a song or a pattern to help them brush and wash for long enough. For instance, you might have them sing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" when they wash their hands, while you might have then count to 100 when brushing their teeth. Regardless of the pattern or song you use, it can be beneficial for them to combine the habits.

2. Clipping and Scrubbing. Dirt, germs, and grime can build beneath fingernails and toenails. These areas can allow COVID-19 and other bacteria to spread. Encouraging your child to regularly clip their toenails and fingernails can be an important hygiene habit. After clipping their nails, they should also scrub their hands and feet to wash them clean. For many children, the habits might stick if they practice these habits before bath time.

Mask Life

Now that mask-wearing is a daily part of life, your child might need to adjust their hygiene habits to cope with the COVID-19 reality around them.

1. Sneezing. Children often do not think about how easy it can be to spread a virus with a single sneeze. Teaching them to sneeze their elbow or shirt can protect them and others from spreading diseases.

2. Maskcne. Mask acne ("maskcne") can be embarrassing for children. You can help them prevent mask acne by teaching them to regularly scrub their face every morning and evening. If scrubbing with soap doesn't work, consider buying them face soap to help combat acne build-up. For many children, incorporating face scrubbing with tooth brushing and other evening/morning rituals can make this hygiene habit easy to remember.