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.
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
Wear Clean Clothes
Do you know there's something alive in your clothes besides you? As you wear your clothes, they collect germs from the world around you. Also, as you move, your clothes rub against your skin and dead skin can remain on your clothes. Make sure your clothes are clean and wash them frequently.
Clean Your Body
Just like germs and dead skin cells can be found in your clothes, they can also be found on your body and in your hair. It's important to clean your body with soap and water frequently, especially if you are outside playing in the dirt or running around and sweating. Washing should include your hair, face, ears, and feet.
Brush Your Teeth
Think about everything you ate today. Now imagine if little pieces of your eggs, sandwich, chicken, and food from every meal were still in your mouth. Chances are, if you don't brush your teeth twice a day and floss, it probably is! Yuck! This leftover food, and not the good kind of leftover food like extra cake from your birthday party, can help collect germs in your mouth. Keep your teeth and gums clean so you can keep those pearly whites and not get tooth decay.
Personal hygiene is a collection of habits that help keep your body clean and healthy. Good personal hygiene can help you avoid germs, which are tiny living things that attack your body and make you sick. Some good personal hygiene tips include washing your hands, wearing clean clothes, keeping your body clean, and brushing your teeth.
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