to find out the status of personal hygiene and lifestyle of 7-9 years of school going children in Lohardaga district of Jharkhand
Jyoti Kant, Dr. Reshma Xalxo
Introduction: Personal hygiene is important in every stage of life, but good cleanliness habits starts from early childhood. Kids who learn what personal hygiene is and how to follow proper hygiene practices will usually carry those habits into their adulthood too. Objective: To analyze the level of personal hygiene and lifestyle of the school going children in the age group 7- 9 years in rural area of lohardaga district in Jharkhand. Method: The total sample consists of 200 school going children of rural area of the selected district. Children were administered on the basis of personal hygiene and lifestyle related questionnaire like bathing habits, time to cut nails, hand washing habits, use of toilet, brushing habits, television time, channel and advertisement liking etc. Result and Conclusion: It was analyzed that 23% children take bath daily, 58.5% children cut their nails weekly, 95.5% wash their hands before eating, 45% children use toilet, 98 % wash their hands after coming from toilet, 6.5 % children use only water for washing hands after coming from toilet, only 8.5 % children use separate towel for themselve, only 2 % children exercise daily and 33.5% children watch television daily. Through the present study shows that the school going children can improve in few things like their bathing habits, they can use separate towel for their personal use, they can use toilet instead of open defecation. Few habits need to improve for better health and sanitation practices.