Personal hygiene for toddlers and preschoolers

For toddlers

Teaching toddlers about personal hygiene and cleanliness and getting them into a routine early will help them continue to take care of themselves as they get older.

To make sure toddlers have good personal hygiene, teach your child to wash their hands before eating or preparing food, after going to the toilet, and after playing or touching animals or dirty things. Use water and soap over hands and wrists. Dry hands thoroughly.

For preschoolers

Teaching preschoolers about personal hygiene and cleanliness and getting them into a routine early will help them continue to take care of themselves as they get older.

To make sure preschoolers have good personal hygiene, teach them to wash their hands before eating or preparing food, after going to the toilet, and after playing or touching animals or dirty things. Use water and soap over hands and wrists. Dry hands thoroughly.

Your child will need to bathe or shower regularly. It’s important to make sure that you supervise your child while they are in the bathroom, including:

  • Make sure you’re within arm’s reach at all times, and never leave the bathroom. Bring a towel, face washer, clean nappy and clean clothes into the bathroom before you begin bathing your child.
  • If you’re bathing your child, only fill the bath to your child’s belly-button height.
  • Make sure the hot water tap is turned off hard. When the bath is ready, briefly run cold water through the tap so water in the tap won’t burn anyone.
  • Check the water temperature is not too hot when your child gets in. The bath should be about 37°C– 38°C before you put your child in.
  • As soon as your child is finished bathing, empty the bath tub or turn the shower tap off.