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Hygiene Practices For Outdoor Play Parents Should Remember

Outdoor play is an important way for your child to learn and explore his environment, as well as develop locomotive skills.

However, because outdoor play exposes your child to many factors including risks of injury and picking up germs, it is your responsibility as a parent to ensure your child is protected from harmful situations while playing outdoors. Here’s what you can do:

Outdoor Play Hygiene Tips

  1. Ensure the playground is properly maintained and is not close to a dumpsite or public defecation site.
  2. Supervise your kids in washing their hands before and after playing.
  3. Supervise the area the children will be playing for litter, animal droppings, stagnant water, etc.
  4. Instruct children not to put their hands in their mouths.
  5. Take along a pack of wet wipes as well as sanitizer
  6. You should have a first-aid kit with you with an antiseptic to properly clean wounds, should there be any. 
  7. Ensure no child is picking objects from the ground and putting it in his/her mouth.
  8. A child with a cold could spread germs through sneezing, coughing or a runny rose. It may be best to let the child rest or play indoors.
  9. A cool shower and change of clothes after an outdoor play is strongly advised. Dettol cool helps the body cool off after physical exercise.