How to Teach a Child Where Sickness Comes From

Teaching a child about sickness isn’t always an easy thing to do, but it’s a necessary step that every parent needs to take at one point or another. Not only will this help your child prevent themselves and others around them from getting sick, but it will also help them psychologically deal with getting sick.

After all, there’s nothing fun about getting sick. It’s a draining and difficult ordeal for anyone to go through, but especially for children. Young children just don’t have the same perspective on pain and illness that teenagers and adults have, which can make the experience that much worse for them. These children probably don’t have any idea why they got sick, and this lack of understanding and control will only make their condition feel that much worse.

Teaching Children Where Illness Comes From

The first thing you need to do is explain where illness comes from, either when they get sick and ask you about it, or before the matter becomes too relevant to them.

Essentially, you need to explain to your child that illnesses come from germs. You need to tell your child that there’s no way they will be able to see germs, which is why it seems like illnesses come out of nowhere. Explaining germs to your children will also help them understand why people tend to get sick themselves when they come into contact with other people who are already sick.
Explaining germs to your child will take a lot of mystery out of the process of getting ill. Explaining germs to your child will also help them understand the role of medicine, and why they need to take it. Children are known to ask a thousand questions before you can get them to do anything, but if they understand why they are sick and why medicine cures them, they are far more likely to be compliant when you or their doctor attempts to treat their sickness.

Teaching Children to Prevent Illness

Once a child understands where illness comes from they are going to be in a much better position to understand what they can to prevent getting sick. It can be hard to get a child to practice good hygiene when they don’t understand its importance, but it’s a lot easier to get them to regularly wash their hands if they know that doing so kills germs, which prevents them from getting sick.

Washing their hands regularly, and especially before they eat, is a good first lesson to teach them about preventing illness, but there are other basics they need to learn. Teaching your child to cover their mouth when they cough is important, as is teaching them to blow their nose into a tissue and then to immediately toss that tissue.

You also need to teach children to avoid other people who are ill, who are coughing and sneezing, because these people are spreading germs around. Not only does your child need to know to avoid these people, they also need to know to avoid their tissues, their coughs, and to avoid touching what those people have touched. While you shouldn’t teach your child to be scared of sick people, you should teach them to show caution.

Teaching your child about sickness isn’t particularly difficult or complicated. By instilling in them the basics of where illnesses come from, what germs are, and what they can do to prevent the spread of illness to themselves and others, you will have taught them most of what they need to know. You can get more in depth later on if you wish, but instilling these basics as early as possible is a true necessity.

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