We’ve visited the GP far too many times this year – between the kids and I, we’ve passed various bugs and viral infections between each other faster than an Olympic Ping-Pong match. I’ve decided to up the ante this year and cleanse our household as best as we can for the Winter onslaught of germs. Educating our kids from a young age on the importance of hygiene is the first step in our defence. Like with most things, I find that the best way to teach my kids something they’ll truly remember, is to make it fun for them, so that’s just what we’ve done, in partnering with Dettol.
Cold and Flu season is upon us, practice proper hygiene
Here’s a handy tip: avoid sneezing and coughing into your hands, teach your kids to cough into the crook of a bent arm instead. Last year I started teaching my kids about germs and the importance of good hygiene. Soph might not know how to blow her nose yet, but she knows to cough and sneeze into the crook of her arm instead of her hands, already decreasing the chances of cross-contamination tremendously. Oli, on the other hand, has taken to this like snot to a tissue, and he has even started helping his little sister out when they go wash their hands before dinner or after they’ve been playing with their playdough, outside or with the dogs.
Regular, and correct hand washing
I’ve taught the kids to wash their hands with soap and water and to lather for at least 20 seconds – thanks to last year’s Global Handwashing Day. Oli’s even passed on what I’ve taught him to some friends at school who, according to him, thought one swipe under a running tap of water was the right way. After explaining to them what in fact was the correct way, he proudly told me how now they’re helping fight germs at school with him – proud Mommy moment right there! Before Soph could count to 20, Oli offered to do it for her. If your kids can’t count to 20 yet, another option is for them to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice, while using a proper disinfecting soap like the Dettol Original Hygiene Handwash – is just the right length of time to successfully eliminate germs and bacteria. We did a simple ‘germ’ experiment at home to illustrate what happens when a proper handwash soap is added to ‘germs’ – in this case, we used glitter. The kids were floored that with only one pump of soap the ‘germs’ could dispense so quickly and with the help of the downloaded handwashing chart, hygiene rewards chart and hygiene activity book, all from Dettol (the full, free, Hygiene Hero’s toolkit is available and downloadable for your kids right here , they’re taking their quest for good hygiene very seriously. The rewards system always seems to work in our home, even if the reward is simply a star, download yours and see if that will help motivate your kids to help ward off the germs this winter. Making learning fun is always a sure-fire way for them to remember the importance of proper hygiene.
Partner with a brand you can trust
It’s important to remember, whilst we’re not raising sterile robots, we are raising little explorers. We’re never going to be able to avoid the germs our kids are exposed to everyday, but what we can do is minimalise their exposure. Not by keeping our kids home until the age of 5, but by taking steps to help combat their exposure. My kids love the outdoors, and come home from a busy, fun day at school covered in dirt. They do chores – bringing in the dog’s beds, feeding the dogs, putting dirty laundry away – all these involve contact with various germs – and then washing hands thereafter. Here’s where Dettol comes into our lives. Whether it’s with the pack of Dettol Hygiene wipes I keep in my handbag, to wipe down their grubby hands and faces, or the Instant Hand Sanitizer with a handy silicone strap that I’ve attached to Oli’s school bag so that he can sanitise his hands whenever he feels the need (he loves the simple sense of responsibility it’s given him). A brand-new introduction to the Dettol family, that has fast become my absolute favourite germ-buster, is Dettol Disinfectant Liquid with Aloe Vera. In stores since the end of March, with the same brilliant disinfectant properties we’ve come to know and trust the brand for, the Aloe Vera variety is so soft on skin that it can be part of your kids’ daily bath routine. All we need is three capfuls of this in the bath each night. Even with a sensitive skin like Sophie’s, the Aloe Vera liquid is so soft, with a beautiful, light fragrance and her skin has had zero reaction. Knowing I use Dettol products, is half the battle won, which is why I’m a Dettol Mom.
Practicing everyday simple hygiene can go a long way in keeping your family healthy this Winter. To help set you up for the cold months ahead, I’m giving away a fabulous Dettol hamper to one lucky Mommalikeme reader. The hamper is worth R600 and features a wide range of the Dettol products, including the brand-new Aloe Vera Liquid I’m so excited about!
To enter, all you have to do is tell me if you’re a Dettol Mom in the comment section below AND if you want extra entries comment on the Mommalikeme Dettol Giveaway posts on Facebook and Instagram – that’s THREE chances at winning! The competition will run until 20 June 2018 and the winner will be announced on the Mommalikeme Facebook page.
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