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Some Gross Habits That All Kids Have

Kids. They're still figuring out the world and things like manners and hygiene. It's up to you to keep them healthy and help them learn healthy habits. Because, let's face it, kids have some really gross habits. They pick their noses, they put a lot of stuff in their mouths, they do not wash their hands and they love dirt. It can be difficult for kids to understand the idea of invisible germs that can make them sick, so start explaining early on why sticking their finger in everything is a bad idea. And, more importantly, teach them how to wash their hands and use antibacterial hand soap. Above all, drill in the idea that there are germs on their little fingers that can make them really sick.

Nose picking

Eww. Keep tissues on hand and make your child use one whenever you catch them picking their nose and wiping it on the back of their hand or their clothes. Make a face, and explain that it's a habit that is disgusting and rude and that it can spread germs that will make them sick. Then, make sure they wipe their hands clean and wash their hands with hand soap.

Sharing food and drinks

Kids don’t see the problem with sharing a can of soda, a straw or any of their food with their pals. Even ignoring the problem of dangerous food allergies can be a bad habit that can sometimes spread illness. One way to combat some of this germ-sharing is to get kids in the habit of washing with hand soap before meals. Talk to them about using their own spoon and straw instead of using one passed around the group. This way they are less likely to spread germs to the food they're eating or passing germs on to others.

Picking at scabs

All kids get bumps, scrapes and cuts when they're busy doing what kids do. Some kids can be fascinated with their body's healing process. Children love to pick at scabs or poke at wounds. Convincing them to keep a bandage on the wound and to leave the scab alone so that it heals properly can be a chore. But helping them to wash hands frequently with hand soap and explaining that even small ouches can get infected if they pick at them should help them exert a little self-control. You could challenge them to let the scab fall off naturally and take bets on how many days it will take. You could also treat them to a sweet or a cookie the day the scab falls off on its own. As with all good hygiene, working with your child to understand that your body needs to heal is the best approach.

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