Hygiene Tips For Your Family

Daily we come in contact with harmful bacteria, germs and viruses. These harmful micro organisms can make you sick if they stay on the body for long without any hygiene processes to remove them. Personal hygiene and general home hygiene can help you and your family prevent such illnesses. Here are tips on how your family can practice hygiene;

General Hygiene Tips For Covid-19

In our previous posts on this blog, we have discussed general hygiene tips for reducing the risk of contacting coronavirus. An article by UNICEF explains these hygiene processes. They are;

  1. Don’t touch your face. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  2. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands. Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of used tissue immediately.
  3. Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing.
  4. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20-30 seconds.
  5. Make sure to wash hands after you blow your nose, sneeze into a tissue, use the restroom, when you leave and return to your home, before preparing or eating food, applying make-up, handling contact lenses etc.
  6. If using a hand sanitizer ensure that it contains at least 60 per cent alcohol, ensure coverage on all parts of the hands and rub hands together for 20-30 seconds until hands feel dry. If hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.

Types of Hygiene

Hand Hygiene

There are various entry points for germs on your hands to enter your body, they are through your mouth, nose, eyes, or ears. Hence, it is important for you to wash your hands:

  • when you handle food
  • before you eat
  • if you handle garbage
  • when you sneeze
  • any time you touch an animal

Likewise, wash your hands after changing a baby’s diaper, helping someone clean themselves, or when cleaning a cut or wound.

Oral Hygiene

Good dental hygiene can help you prevent gum diseases and cavities. Subject to your dental health, its generally recommended by dentist for everyone to brush their teethes at least twice a day; when you wake up and before bed. If you need more clarification on dental hygiene or health, contact a dentist close to you.

Bath Hygiene

People’s preferences varies on how frequent they wish to bath or shower, however most people usually bath at least once a day. Bathing with soap helps rinse away dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils.

Nail Hygiene

Nails usually house lot of germs we come in contact with when we go through various activities. Trim your nails regularly to keep them short and clean. Brush under them with a nail brush or washcloth to rinse away dirt and germ. You should also avoid biting your nails.

Toilet Hygiene

The bathroom or the toilet is one of the places in the house that contain the maximum germs. To prevent diseases likely to spread by using an unclean bathroom, you should keep the toilet clean and ensure everyone in your family practice good toilet hygiene.

  • Wipe or wash your anus after passing stool.
  • Flush the toilet after every use.
  • Remember to wash your hands every time you use the bathroom/toilet.

To reduce the risk your family exposure to various illness causing germs, family hygiene is essential for everyone in the family. if you have additional tips on family hygiene, kindly drop them in the comment section.

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