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This week we celebrate national hygiene week! Personal hygiene is how you take care of your body. It includes certain habits like" brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and bathing regularly. These habits limit your chances of developing an illness.

Every day people encounter many microscopic germs, microscopic allergens, bacteria, and viruses. This year, awareness of personal hygiene is very high because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People have been wearing protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and face shields. This equipment reduces one's exposure to germs and viruses but not completely. Additionally, children under the age of 7 are not required to wear masks. Therefore, it is still crucial to continue highlighting the importance of personal hygiene, especially among children.

The basics of personal hygiene

Washing your hands before you eat is also a great way to encourage personal hygiene and avoid exposure to allergens. Microscopic allergens sometimes only affect those with food allergies once they enter the body. Therefore, encouraging your children to wash their hands before eating is essential and may prevent an allergy attack.

It is no surprise that kindergarten teachers prefer kids who smell good. Kids in kindergarten get more attention from their caregivers and are more pleasant to interact with. This gives them more personal interaction, which is good for their development. Therefore, it is important to make sure to clean your children regularly.

While this week is generally about regular hygiene, it is very much connected to food allergies. Many airborne microscopic allergens only affect someone once it enters their body (through eating, putting your hands in your mouth, etc.) Therefore, encouraging personal hygiene can also heavily benefit those who suffer from food allergies.