Personal Hygiene Lesson for Kids: Facts & Tips

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Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Wash your hands. Brush your teeth. Wear clean clothes. These aren't just instructions from your parents to give you a hard time; they're actually important ways to maintain your personal hygiene. Let's get ready to learn all about personal hygiene. Updated: 03/18/2020

Personal Hygiene

Have you ever seen the Peanuts comic strip or cartoons? One of the characters is a boy named Pigpen, and you can probably guess how he got that nickname. Every time Pigpen appears, he's covered in a cloud of dirt. Yuck! It's pretty obvious to Charlie Brown and the other Peanuts characters that Pigpen needs a lesson in personal hygiene!

Personal hygiene is a collection of habits that people perform to keep themselves clean and their bodies healthy. These habits are important for everyone because they help you stay clean and avoid becoming sick. Good personal hygiene helps keep you well because it lessens the number of germs that enter your body.

Germs are tiny living things that cause us to be sick. Germs are so small that you can't see them without using a microscope. In fact, germs are so small that they can sneak into your body, and you will not even know until you're already sick! Think of germs as the ultimate burglars. They quietly sneak into your body and rob you of your good health!

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Tips for Good Personal Hygiene

There are many different ways that you can practice good personal hygiene. The important thing is that you do these tasks every day and make them habits.

Wash Your Hands

Your hands touch so many different things each day that they collect a ton of germs. Every time you rub your eyes, touch your food, or pick your nose, you're putting germs into your body (not to mention, picking your nose is kind of gross)! To limit the number of germs on your hands, be sure to wash your hands:

  • before eating
  • before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • after using the bathroom
  • after touching things a lot of people touch, such as door handles, handrails, and telephones

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