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Doctor insights on: Hygiene Activities For Kids

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What are good hygiene habits I should help my children develop at a young age?

What are good hygiene habits I should help my children develop at a young age?

Similar to adults.: Children should brush their teeth twice daily. Floss and mouth rinse when older enough to understand. Children should shower at least 3 times weekly. Changing clothes and undergarments daily is important. Proper use of toilet and cleaning themselves after using the toilet, Hand washing after using the toilet or when hands are dirty. ...Read more

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Are manufacturers of hygiene products like purell condemning our kids to a life with ids?

Are manufacturers of hygiene products like purell condemning our kids to a life with ids?

No. play with dirt.: Manufacturers do not have the purchase power and therefore cannot condemn. Hand sanitizer has a place in many situations and has been shown to be effective in situations where handwashing isn't available. It is true however that we have to encourage kids to exercise more, be outside more, play more & get dirty more instead of watching tv and playing inside video games. Engage with nature! ...Read more

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I have set in dirt on my back and neck from neglected hygiene when I was a kid. Though I regularly wash now, it won't seem to come off. What can I use?

I have set in dirt on my back and neck from neglected hygiene when I was a kid. Though I regularly wash now, it won't seem to come off. What can I use?

May not be dirt: If you have tried soap and water and the dirt is not coming off it may be hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin. Schedule an appt with a Doctor to look at your skin. ...Read more

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If I improve my child's hygiene can I prevent pinworm?

If I improve my child's hygiene can I prevent pinworm?

Yes: Frequent handwashing in association with appropriate medication therapy will prevent the spread of pinworms. ...Read more

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How can I make sure my kid develops good dental hygiene?

How can I make sure my kid develops good dental hygiene?

Start early: Don't hesitate to start cleaning your baby's gums when your baby is an infant. Certainly once teeth erupt, they should be cleaned twice per day. When the child becomes more independent, let him/her play with the toothbrush and follow up with a "real cleaning" yourself. Also model good behavior: if your child sees you brushing twice a day, he/she is more likely to want to do the same! ...Read more

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I'm 19 with good hygiene but work with kids and find myself itching and taking out pinworms at nights how do I stop this annoyance ?

I'm 19 with good hygiene but work with kids and find myself itching and taking out pinworms at nights how do I stop this annoyance ?

Oh my: Pinworms must be treated with a prescription anti-parasitic if present, so a doctors visit is a must to take care of this problem. You can help your dr diagnose pinworms with clear scotch tape. On 3 mornings before your appointment, first thing in the morning stick a 1 inch piece of scotch tape directly to your anus, peel it off and keep it in a plastic bag. Your doc can look for eggs/worms. ...Read more

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What toothpaste should I introduce my kids to dental hygiene with?

What toothpaste should I introduce my kids to dental hygiene with?

One they like: Getting your kids in the habit of proper brushing (and flossing) is extremely important at an early age. Use minimal amount of toothpaste especially at an early age. Make if fun and not a chore. Actual technique is more important than the toothpaste itself. Good eating habits is equally important. Which toothpaste used is the least important factor regarding good dental hygiene. ...Read more

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Why dose my kids and i breath smell like boiled egg, despite having good oral hygiene. We visit our dentist regularly

Why dose my kids and i breath smell like boiled egg, despite having good oral hygiene. We visit our dentist regularly

GI/Digestion issue?: You may not have a bad breath issue from your oral care, but from your digestive tract. Your stomach produces sulfuric acid for the digestion process, do that sulfur smell may be a symptom of a different problem. Make an appointment and see your medical doctor to be sure! ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had the hardest time maintaining good dental hygiene, how to help children brush their teeth right?

What do you recommend if I had the hardest time maintaining good dental hygiene, how to help children brush their teeth right?

Good for you: Set aside same time twice every day and have a mandatory family brush-in. Brush 2 fill minutes by the clock (or play a song) with pea sized portion of fluoridated toothpaste on soft toothbrush. Daily flossing or use of Water Pik is mandatory. Fluoride mouthwash helpful. Best advice ask your Dentist/hygienist to create a personalized oral care program for your family. ...Read more