Children are always interested in animals and love them, wanting to touch them and hold them. Warm feelings and a good feeling make a child feel good, develop a sense of responsibility, empathy, and learn to express love. However, adults often have questions about children's hygiene and fear that the child may catch parasites, bad bacteria and infection. How to avoid this and what to look out for so that you don't have to tear your child away from the puppy and have a lot of sad tears?
Zoo and park walks. With children among the animals
Every family with children would love to go to the countryside, a mini-animal garden in the cities or a zoo. For parents, the most important thing is to find a place where they can wash their hands or have wet wipes to help them clean their little hands and faces. Children touch animals, they want to pet them, they climb fences, they touch bars, cages, so inevitably they are exposed to an environment full of micro-organisms everywhere, and handwashing would be a key element to help protect the child from excessive amounts of bacteria or other germs. If possible, it is advisable not to take food, feeding bottles, pacifiers, or even strollers to zoos.
Dogs and cats also pass by in well-kept parks that are regularly maintained, so sandboxes and swings are places where a child can get worms, so hand washing and supervising the child to make sure he or she does not put sand in his or her mouth is the best prevention. Parents do not have to forbid their children to play in the sand - it is natural for a child to be exposed to nature and to want to play in it, which stimulates their creative and cognitive abilities. Toddlers are so happy when they can play in a puddle, in the mud, lying on the sand. There is certainly no need to prohibit these things in order not to affect the hygiene of the child.
Children growing up with dogs and cats
From an early age, children should be taught not to beat their pets, to respect and love them, and not to take their fur. Firstly, for the child's safety, and secondly, for hygiene reasons - by picking up the fur, the child inadvertently puts it in its mouth, and the dog, while protecting the child, may try to defend itself gently, so it may lick its hands, lick it, and of course we are talking about when the dog is very reliable, and we always know that it will not harm the child. There are always bacteria in the animal's saliva and oral cavity, so if the child does not bother the animal too much, there will be fewer such contacts.
Animal treats are often tempting for children. These things, although unpalatable, have interesting shapes and colours, and a child may also want to nibble on such a delectable object. Wash not only your child's toys but also those of your pet dogs or cats often, as children may want to touch them and chew them. Teach your child not to disturb the animal's eating, and try to keep him/her away from the animal's food. Even dry cat or dog food can contain salmonella bacteria.
Another thing that entices little ones is cat litter in a box. Try to keep the cat's litter tray in a discreet place or room out of the reach of children.
Animals bring great joy and cognition to the little ones, and help to cure illnesses, psychological disorders and stress. Contact with nature and animals is necessary and compulsory for a child, so it is important to pay attention to several aspects of hygiene, such as washing hands and clothes, washing objects, educating the child and teaching him how to wash, so that he does not have to worry about the dangers of dirty clothes.