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How I prevent bacterial infections caused by my child in putting his dirty fingers in his mouth?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Normal kid behavior
Kids often put their fingers into their mouths.
That is normal behavior for children. The best that parents can do is to keep the children's environment fairly clean, and avoid places with obvious disease risks. A parent cannot constantly follow a child around and watch the child's hands, but giving the child gentle instructions every now and then is fine to do.

In brief: Normal kid behavior
Kids often put their fingers into their mouths.
That is normal behavior for children. The best that parents can do is to keep the children's environment fairly clean, and avoid places with obvious disease risks. A parent cannot constantly follow a child around and watch the child's hands, but giving the child gentle instructions every now and then is fine to do.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Wash hands often
Teach your child to wash his hands frequently.
Every time after going to the bathroom, before eating, after playing outside or with a pet, whenever they appear dirty. Encourage him not to put the fingers in his mouth. Most children do this subconsciously, so mild distraction may help rather than directly telling him not to.

In brief: Wash hands often
Teach your child to wash his hands frequently.
Every time after going to the bathroom, before eating, after playing outside or with a pet, whenever they appear dirty. Encourage him not to put the fingers in his mouth. Most children do this subconsciously, so mild distraction may help rather than directly telling him not to.
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
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In brief: See below
Talk with him about good hygiene practices.
And demonstrate good hygiene products.

In brief: See below
Talk with him about good hygiene practices.
And demonstrate good hygiene products.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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