Hesperian Health Guides
Every day 20,000 people visit the HealthWiki for lifesaving health information. Ifwe could translate 50 more chapters.
Make a gift to support this essential health information people depend on.
A blind child needs to learn to wash her hands, take a bath, brush her teeth, and comb her hair, just as all children do.
To teach your child how to keep clean
Help her learn about keeping clean and why it is important. For example, as you wash and dry your hands, describe what you are doing and the parts of the body you use. Let her feel your movements, the water, and the towel.
Help your child do the activity herself. Work from behind and help her by putting your hands over hers. Use the same words and the same motions each time you help her. Give less and less help as she learns to do it by herself.
Do these activities at about the same time each day. This will help your child remember to do it.
Keep the things your child needs in the same place, and teach her to return them to this place when he is done. Make a special mark on things that only she uses, like a toothbrush.