Are You Hearing; "Do I have to take a bath?" 7-11 Year Old's Hassles Over Hygiene
Create a clean routine
Children’s options to the contrary, basic hygiene and grooming are important to master. Neglected teeth can become decayed and cause bad breath. Dirty hands spread germs, and overall poor grooming is socially undesirable. It reflects badly on both a child and his parents.
So how do you handle tussles over tubs, teeth and tresses?
Start by spelling out some ground rules. Most important make a schedule and stick to it. Children are most likely to protest when grooming rituals feel arbitrary. But give your child some say in setting up the timing and details of his routine. Let him decide for example, whether to brush his teeth before or after his bedtime story, or whether to take a shower or bath.
Non-negotiable daily routines include twice-a-day face-washing, tooth brushing, and flossing. Frequent hand-washing is also a must, particularly after outdoor play for before meals, and always after using the bathroom. Though you would probably prefer that your child bathe daily, it's not really necessary for young children.
A shower or bath every other day
Or a few times a week is plenty, except in warm weather when sunscreen chlorine an insect insect repellent need to be removed daily. Everyday is also essential if you notice that your child has foot or body odor.
Workout other grooming routines
According to your preferences and schedule. Hair brushing though certainly desirable is master of aesthetics. If your child resist the comb and tangles become problem, suggest a shorter cut. And clip your child's Nails frequently enough to prevent bacteria from lodging underneath them.
Emphasize daily clothing changes
A practice that many children, such as 8-year-old David of New Jersey are happy to ignore. Having your child layout clean change of clothes each night clothing socks and underwear should do the trick..
Another way to entice your child to follow hygiene rituals is to make them fun. “We've turn toothbrush into a game,” says Susan. “Some Nights, David and her sister compete to see who can brush the longest. Children who have no siblings can play a two or three minute long song and brush to the tune until it's over.
Or invest in a appealing toothbrush. Susan recently gave her son a new electric model with flashing light. “This made a big difference in David's routine because now he thinks it's a fun to brush his teeth.
To make bathing even more enjoyable to a reluctant bather, shower music or let your child choose her own mild soaps or shampoos.
Some parents rely on simple rewards for a job well done such as up post-bath game whatever your method attach a positive message to good grooming.
Instead of emphasizing the good grooming makes you look. Stress that taking care of yourself is a point of pride.
By age seven children should be able to take care of their own grooming rituals except flossing, which they'll need help until about the age of ten. But personal hygiene isn't an innate skill, and your child may need to be taught proper practices.
Here are some lessons to reinforce:
- Use soap when bathing or showering and make sure to clean areas such as the groin, under the arms, and the soles of the feet.
- Wash ears with washcloth only. Cotton swabs can damage the eardrum and pushed in too far to the ear canal.
- Brush teeth for 2 to 3 minutes by moving the brush in a gentle circular motion. Be sure to clean all surfaces including the tongue and to remove mouth odor.
- For bad breath provide your child with a gentle mouthwash designed specifically for children.
Remember foul mouth odor can sometimes be caused by sinus infection or tooth decay. if your child's bad breath persist take her to see a pediatrician or a dentist.