Dirty Bertie in Dubai: Tips to Protect your Child
Life in Dubai presents risks to our children. Poorly maintained air conditioners can be breeding grounds for fungi causing respiratory illness. Moving from the heat, into the cold, and into the heat again, can also weaken the immune systems of our children. And of course, nurseries, schools, and social areas such as malls, bring with different levels of hygiene understanding into contact with one another.
To help your child learn how to keep clean, we use Dirty Bertie.
“Dirty Bertie” is a little boy with extreme behaviors such as eating sweets off the floor or licking the dog’s face, Yuk! Children laugh out loud at Dirty Bertie and his horrible dirty habits and children love repeating the book chorus “No, Bertie! That’s Dirty, Bertie!”
Here are some Quick tips for good child hygiene
• Remind children to wash their hands after using the toilet, before eating, playing outside, and if their hands look dirty. Don’t forget to teach them the Happy Birthday song (the length of which is the approximate time a child should wash their hands for)
• Teach children to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and to throw it in a bin after use, before washing their hands
• Ensure your child has a varied and balanced diet, whether this is in a packed lunch or school dinners
• Encourage your child to drink plenty of clean, safe water throughout the day
• Ensure that school has all the information they require if your child has an ongoing medical condition
• If your child is acutely unwell, keep them away from school until they are well enough to return