Teaching your kids good personal hygiene is an important way to ensure they lead healthier lives. Viruses, colds and flu are spread by germs which are too small to see, while cold symptoms such as runny noses, coughs and sneezes spread these cold germs into the air. If these germs are breathed in by another person, then their body may become infected with the virus and they might “catch the cold”.

Germs can also be spread by people wiping their nose on their hand and then touching objects. This is just one example of how poor personal hygiene can lead to infections via contact. It happens very easily, so how can it be stopped?

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A simple way to help counteract the spread of viruses is by practising proper personal hygiene and using tissues correctly. Tissues should be used in the following ways:

  • blowing a runny nose (not wiping)
  • covering the nose and mouth when sneezing
  • covering the nose and mouth when coughing.

Used tissues should be thrown away immediately and the hands washed, or the virus could still be spread by touch. Tissues are more hygienic than handkerchiefs and should be carried at all times by people who have a virus. Kleenex Aloe Vera Pocket Packs are perfectly sized for the handbag or school bag and will soothe your sore red nose.

Tips to teach your kids good personal hygiene

  • Ensure that there are always tissues handy around the house. Kleenex tissues come in a variety of sizes, shapes & designs, including those specially designed for kids and to help encourage them maintain proper hygiene.
  • Follow the Sneezesafe 3 step process: catch it, bin it, kill it. Catch your sneeze or cough in a tissue, throw away the tissue immediately, and then wash your hands.
  • Encourage your child to exercise proper respiratory hygiene by covering their coughs and sneezes and blowing their nose properly. Help them to practise this, ensuring that they blow their nose and don’t just wipe it, that both nostrils are fully covered with an opened-out tissue, and, if possible, that their mouth is closed.
  • Remind your child to throw away used tissues and to wash hands after nose-blowing or coughing/sneezing into a tissue. Show your child how to wash his/her hands properly using soap as this is an extremely important part of personal hygiene.
  • Send your child to school with a Kleenex Pocket Pack. These are small compact packs that fit in your child’s school bag. It’s also useful to have tissues in coat pockets and lunch boxes. Make sure any used tissues are removed from these places regularly, as dirty tissues contain germs and can compromise personal health.
  • Encourage good behaviour with words of praise. Good personal hygiene habits learned at a young age can provide a whole lifetime of health benefits!

Where to Buy

  • IGA
  • Coles
  • Woolworths
  • Franklins
  • Bi Lo
  • Big W
  • Kmart