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As part of your child’s upbringing you must educate your children on the basic hygiene practices (Photo: Shutterstock)

Proper personal hygiene practices are not only good for you but also for your kids. These lessons are not only essential to your children now but for their future wellbeing as well. Thus it is imperative that as parents, you educate your children on the basic hygiene practices.

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Even though there are hygiene lessons in the school curriculum, it is through observing you, as a parent, that these lessons will have a lasting impact on their lives.  

The health benefits listed below need to be taught as early as possible as they are good for their physical and emotional health.

i. Lessened risk of skin infections

Some skin infections such as scabies and ringworms can be caused by poor hygiene practices. To prevent these infections, your child needs to take regular baths ensuring they have taken extra care to proper scrub their bodies. Teach them how to dry themselves well especially in hidden crevices like between the toes to prevent the occurrence of athlete’s foot.

ii. Reduce threat to life threatening illnesses

The world is currently at the center of a coronavirus outbreak. As the virus continues to spread, the World Health Organization has put out some guidelines on how to avoid getting infected. These guidelines involve personal initiative in order to protect yourself and your kids. This is more reason to teach your kids what they need to do because they are also at risk. Teaching them how to wash their hands and how to use alcohol based sanitizers is especially important during this outbreak. These steps go a long way in ensuring their safety.

iii. Fewer upset tummies

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Many stomach upsets among children are caused by dirt from their hands. Since you can’t stop your children from playing, teach them the necessary precautions to ensure they have clean hands particularly at meal times. Make it a routine to wash hands when they come from playing and before they handle any food. There will be times when they will argue that their hands are clean but, teach them that their hands come into contact with different things so even though they think they aren’t dirty, they probably are.  

Teach them the importance of cleaning their hands when they come from outside (Photo: Shutterstock)

iv. Healthy teeth and gums

Proper oral hygiene helps to keep our teeth and gums healthy. Teach your child how to brush their teeth as soon as prescribed by your doctor. Educate them on the importance of brushing their teeth. The sooner they understand this the faster cleaning their teeth will become a habit. Brush your teeth at the same time so they can see that you too take oral hygiene seriously.

v. Better mental health

As we have seen, cleanliness helps improve your mental wellbeing. A clean environment and good personal hygiene can help your kids relax better and be happier.

Keeping clean will also help them in their interactions with other children therefore maintaining friendships.

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Nigerian stars demand justice for student raped, killed in empty church

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Nigerian stars have joined calls for the arrest and prosecution of person(s) behind the rape and killing of a microbiology student, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, at an empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

At the forefront on why the culture of rape in Nigeria should end and perpetrators of such heinous crimes brought  to book, is former Big Brother Naija housemate Khafi Kareem who on June 2, via Twitter, revealed that she was, at some point in her life raped too, and demanded justice for Omozuwa.

Sharing the struggles of victims, Khafi said she confided the harrowing experience to a close associate who blamed her for getting raped.

The reality TV star narrated that the backlash after the harrowing ordeal made her feel guilty and ashamed.

She forgave the rapist, who blamed alcohol for the act, a move she says she does not want repeated and urged victims to speak out and feel no shame in sharing their stories.

“#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired,” tweeted the personality.

“Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.”

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Nigerian stars have joined calls for the arrest and prosecution of persons behind the rape and killing of a microbiology student, Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, at an empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

At the forefront on why the culture of rape in Nigeria should end and perpetrators of such heinous crimes brought to book, is former Big Brother Naija housemate Khafi Kareem who on June 2, via Twitter, revealed that she was, at some point in her life raped too, and demanded justice for Omozuwa.

Sharing the struggles of victims, Khafi said she confided the harrowing experience to a close associate who blamed her for getting raped.

The reality TV star narrated that the backlash after the harrowing ordeal made her feel guilty and ashamed.

She forgave the rapist, who blamed alcohol for the act, a move she says she does not want to be repeated and urged victims to speak out and feel no shame in sharing their stories.

“#WhyIDidntReport – because he apologised right after. Because I made myself believe him being drunk was an excuse. Because the one person I did tell said I caused it. Because I felt dirty and ashamed. #WeAreTired,” tweeted the personality.

“Yes, this did happen to me. I’m sharing in the hope that others will feel no shame in sharing what happened to them. Please don’t deflect or say it is not my story when it was already hard enough sharing it.”

Omozuwa, 22, a student at the University of Benin was found in a pool of blood inside the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) by a security guard.

According to RCCG spokesman Olaitan Olubiyi, Omuzuwa was a member of the choir and had since the lockdown sought the quiet of the empty church to study as there is no public library in the area.

“We are all devastated by her death. She decided to do some private studies during the lockdown because the church was peaceful. She’s been taking the key from the parish pastor and returning it after her studies. But that day she didn’t return it and the night guard who resumed duty found her in a pool of her own blood and half-naked in the church hall,” Olubiyi told CNN.

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Her mother, heartbroken, told Town Crier that the violence meted on her daughter was harrowing, “I ran [to the church] but before I got there, they took her to a private hospital and when I saw my daughter, I cried. They raped her; the dress she was wearing that morning was white. The white had turned to red; all her body was full of blood.”

In a statement, General Overseer Enoch Adeboye, the leader to the church billed as one of the largest denominations in Nigeria, condemned the act and saying the church was liaising with police.

“All I can do at this time is to pray for the family of Omozuwa and do everything possible working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book… I and members of my Family condemn this act strongly and urge everyone to stay calm as we are already looking into the matter and cooperating with the police to establish the facts of the shocking situation… #justiceforuwa,” he said.

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