What triggers mother to promote handwashing for their children?

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What triggers mother to promote handwashing for their children?

Mothers are the important person which can inculcate handwash habits in Childs behavior. So, what are the factor which can trigger the mothers to promote handwash practice and formation of handwash habit among children.
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Re: What triggers mother to promote handwashing for their children?

With regards to hygiene and babies, what impressed me when I was a new mother was the care that the midwives and nurses applied after the baby was born (at the hospital and at home for a home birth). They showed me and my husband how to care for the baby, e.g. how to clean the baby's eyes, how to bath it, how and when to wash our hands, how to keep bottles clean and sterilised (apart from breastfeeding), washing our hands after changing nappies etc. We were very open to their messages at that moment because of course you want to keep your baby safe and it is such a fragile little thing! Later it was all the advice we got through health visitors, booklets and pumphlets as the baby was growing up. So I would say the primary healthcare providers have a big role to play in triggering mothers and fathers for this.

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Re: What triggers mother to promote handwashing for their children?

I strongly agree about the role played by primary health care providers when it comes to initiating new mothers to health care and sanitation issues mostly as we don't see it futuring any where on our official curriculum. Here in Cameroon, women and expectant mothers are thought the basics during their antinental visits to hospital and health centers as they go for pregnancy follow up. Its organised like a sort of classes and is compulsory for all pregnant women registered at the center. In addition to that, in our African context, a lot of that knowledge is handed down from generation to generation through practical demonstrations. So in our community, when a woman gives birth, the mother comes over and she gives the baby the first baths baths under the watchful eyes of her daughter and she will only leave that house when she is sure that her daughter has mastered all she needs to ensure the survival of the baby. Upon her departure, the son in-law buys her gifts and some for the husband as a sign of appreciation. As to what triggers mothers to promote handwashing among their children, I think the fear of illness and disease is the first motive. I think once a mother is made to understand that her child's health depends on her sanitation practices, she would do all it takes to have a healthy baby. So, the extend to which mothers would get involved in hand washing for the children will depend on the extent to which we can link handwashing to the health of the child.
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Thanks a lot. I agree that Health Care provider can give ways to improve the hygienic condition favoring the children.
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Re: What triggers mother to promote handwashing for their children?

I do agree that Primary Health Care providers play an important role in promoting healthy hygiene practices among mothers towards their newborns.

However, I thought the question is trying to look at what factors trigger the mother to instill these hygiene habits in their already growing children( Child`s behavior).
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Re: What triggers mother to promote handwashing for their children?

You got the question. I thought I was being unclear, I was going to write a new one which would be more clear. If children are near the age of 4-10 years. So what can the factors which make the woman to give hygiene training to their children.
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