Hygiene: A clean toddler

Of course it is important for your toddler to be clean and fresh, but a warm bath or invigorating shower can also be fun and tasty! Although washing hairs can be a tricky issue or the floor drain can develop a great fear in him (imagine that he is also sucked in), your child will in most cases enjoy the daily scrubbing.

Clean hands

It is obvious, but it is also something that is quickly forgotten. Keep an eye on clean children's hands, especially after they have been burrowing in one or the other. Hygiene is very important for good health. Wash hands before eating, after peeing and before bedtime. Try to make it a regular habit. When you go out, make sure that you always have a box of wet tissues with you to clean the hands (without water). Although he can find a bath, a toddler can dislike washing his hands. Whether he likes it or not, he will have to get used to it. Washing hands does not only keep the dirt out of your toddler's food, it also prevents the spread of bacteria.

Hand washing song

The National Handwash Song has recently been launched. The chorus of the hand-washing song, which really sticks in your mind, lasts 20 seconds. Exactly long enough to effectively wash your hands to help prevent diseases and infections. Washing hands with the new antibacterial waxes from Dettol is even more fun!
The song 'Hands Waxing' by Dirk Scheele for Dettol can be heard and seen on dettol.nl and youtube. The song will also be distributed throughout the Netherlands in the autumn through nurseries, crèches and primary schools.

20 seconds
Through ordinary actions, such as eating, touching toys, giving someone a hand or stroking a pet, a lot of bacteria and viruses are spread that can cause diseases such as cold, flu, ear or throat inflammation and diarrhea. By regularly washing our hands for 20 seconds with both antibacterial soap and water, these bacteria and viruses can easily be prevented. Nevertheless, we Dutch people are somewhat less precise. Research shows that the Dutchman only washes his hands for 7 seconds, with or without soap. So hand washing is not effective.

From generation to generation
To make hand washing even more fun and effective, Dirk Scheele wrote the song especially for young children, but also for parents. "Washing hands is something that is often forgotten or only half done. While it is very important. My song teaches children in a playful way how they can do this best. I think it would be wonderful if they say in later life that they have learned to wash their hands and pass it on to their own children, "says Dirk Scheele. "Just like the well-known children's songs: 'Sleeping baby sleep' and 'Tasty food, bite, bite, bite', which are sung at nurseries and primary schools."

Tips for clean hands

  • Tips to wash your toddler's hands
  • Give your toddler the lead by giving him a piece of soap and letting him wash his hands himself.
  • Make sure your toddler can get along well, for example by a sturdy step.
  • Use liquid soap, such a slippery bar of soap is rather inconvenient for toddler's hands, in addition, such a piece of soap is also a food source for bacteria.
  • Use wet baby wipes on the go.

Hand washing moments

  • Before eating and for preparing the meal;
  • After a visit to the toilet;
  • After changing diapers;
  • After you have snapped your nose, sneezed or coughed;
  • After playing with pets;
  • After contact with a contaminated surface (eg garbage bin, cleaning cloth, waste, etc.);
  • To connect a wound, administer medication or make contact lenses;
  • After contact with blood;
  • As soon as your hands look dirty.


Washing hair can be a great horror for your toddler. Do not overdo the number of washes. If it is not very hot weather and the hairs are not dirty or greasy, one wash per week is sufficient. Try to keep the washing as short as possible. Shorter hair is easier to treat and requires less shampoo. If your toddler has long hair and wash the hair is always a contingency plan, it might be worth considering to briefly keep the hair short.
Choose a shampoo that does not irritate the eyes.

Comb the hair in advance

Comb your toddler's hair before washing. As a result, the hair will become tangled less easily. If you then carefully tap the shampoo through the hair, it is easier to comb through after washing.
Cover the eyes, even with a shampoo that does not irritate the eyes can go tearing.
Rinse out the hair carefully.
Try to keep the hair washing as short as possible. You can therefore better use a combination of shampoo and conditioner, then two separate bottles.

Nail care

Toddlers may hate cutting the nails. He may find it scary that something is cut off of him. They have to sit quietly and then their hands are held. Something that your toddler does not like anyway.
Yet it is important to cut the nails regularly. Dirt can get dirty under the nails and bacteria can collect, even if the hands are clean, but he can also hurt himself or someone else with those sharp nails.

  • Use scissors with round tips or a small nail clip.
  • Try to make a game of it or to sing a song.
  • Cut your own nails (or a family member) with your toddler.
  • Cut them in the bath or in their sleep.


If your toddler suffers from excessive wax, that is not so bad at all. Earwax protects the eardrum in a natural way. If you find it an unpleasant face, you may clean the ear with a cotton swab that you have soaked in boiled water. You go with this stick along the outside and inside of the ear. If your toddler is a little bigger, you can use a small piece with your stick in the ear, but make sure you never push the earwax inwards. The risk of an ear infection is then great.


Separation in the eyes (sometimes white, sometimes yellow) occurs regularly. You can clean the eyes with cold boiled water so that all bacteria in the water are dead. With a point of a hydrophilic diaper you can then remove the secretion. Rather not with a cotton ball, because they can leave threads in his eyes.

Dirty existence

The toddler life is dirty and getting dirty is part of that. Clean does not suit a toddler and would only inhibit his development because he can not do anything and can try it out. Giving a score is quickly counterproductive. Try to be a little easy, but keep an eye on the necessary hygiene (washing your hands before eating, after a toilet visit or when he has really got dirty, bathed once a day, brushing your teeth, etc.). Try to take into account the purchase of clothing that it can be washed properly.

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