Proper hygiene habits are essential for good health and for a clean appearance, especially as children approach puberty and begin to develop acne and body odour. Giving children a hygiene checklist helps them remember all areas of personal hygiene and create an effective hygiene routine.
Bathing and Shampooing
Children don't need to bathe every day until they reach puberty, according to WebMD. Once children hit puberty, however, they should shower daily, using a mild soap. Kids who have oily hair may need to shampoo daily, but others can get away with washing their hair a few times a week. Once puberty starts, children should also use an antiperspirant or deodorant to help control body odour.
Kids need to brush their teeth at least twice a day, including in the morning and before bed. This removes food particles that cause bacterial growth, which leads to bad breath. Flossing once a day also helps keep teeth clean and strong.
Children should get in the habit of washing their hands with soap and water before eating or preparing food, after using the rest room, after coughing or sneezing and after playing with pets. Hand washing prevents the spread of bacteria and illness.
Children should keep fingernails and toenails short and clean. Young children may need help trimming their nails, but older children should be able to clip their nails about once a week.
Children should wash their face once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser to remove dirt and oil. Kids who wear make-up should use a make-up remover before bed. If kids develop acne as they reach puberty, over-the-counter acne medication may reduce breakouts.
Changing Clothes and Shoes
Kids should change their socks and underwear daily. As kids approach puberty, they'll need to wear fresh shirts each day, too. Alternating pairs of shoes and wearing cotton socks can help prevent foot odour.