If you work in a hospital or clinic, you have most likely seen young patients in hospital with infections that could have been avoided. Sometimes it is due to a lack of personal hygiene knowledge.

Our near-neutral pH, biodegradable disinfectant will set them on the right path in hospital. Now we need them to carry on the good work! Here is a list of hygiene routines you can hand to parents and children.

Toilet Hygiene Habits

Each time you use the toilet, wash your hands. Rub your hands together with soap (near-neutral pH liquid soap is more hygienic) for twenty seconds. Rub the palms, the back of the hand and each finger up to the knuckle. Scrub under your nails with a soft scrubbing brush. Rinse with running warm water and pat them on a clean towel. 

No water or soap? Use 60% alcohol-based sanitisers.

Shower Hygiene Routine

Access to water, water restrictions and personal preferences will affect your showering frequency. Once every two days is the longest you should go without a shower. If you sweat at work due to manual labour (building, dancing, cooking), do a daily shower. A shower routine and hair and scalp wash will remove dead skin cells, bacteria, pollution and coagulating oils. 

Nail Cleanliness Habits

Nails are more hygienic if they are shorter. Clean them at least every morning and every night. Use a soft nail brush to brush below the nail and a washcloth to wash the tops of the nails and cuticles. Short, trimmed, clean nails reduce the risk of you putting germs onto your lips, nose and eyes. Avoid biting your nails.

Oral Hygiene Routine

Good oral hygiene is not just about how white your teeth are; it is about your gums and teeth. Brush your teeth gently in the morning and the evening for two minutes and after every meal. The brushing routine is not finished until the flossing is done, which saves money avoiding dentists! An antibacterial mouthwash would be a great finishing touch.

Hygiene During An Illness

When ill, it is important to not spread the illness further. Cover your mouth and nose in the crook of your elbow when you sneeze, wipe down shared counters with disinfectant wipes, don’t share glasses and cutlery, and don’t share electronic devices. Throw dirty tissues away immediately.

Hands Hygiene Habits

The most common way  to pass on an infection, or to consume something that will make you sick, is via your hands. Do the aforementioned toilet hygiene hand wash when you:

  • Handle food
  • Prior to eating
  • Handle garbage
  • Sneeze or cough
  • Rub an itchy nose
  • Have been shopping or in a public place
  • Touch an animal
  • Change a diaper
  • Help someone in the toilet in any way
  • Are about to or have finished cleaning a wound

Next Steps

The more patients that have reminders of how to get the basics right, the fewer infectious cases we will see in hospitals. The above list will serve them well if pasted up in a place for the families to read at home.

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