The negative side of your child sharing

“Sharing is caring” is a saying most children know all too well, but in the context of hygiene, does it ring true?


When a child is taught to share, the concept is centred on them showing kindness. However, some displays of kindness could cause your child harm.

“From my perspective as a physician, I like the idea of using hygiene to introduce basic, age-appropriate concepts of health, wellness, and disease. Kids can grasp the idea of infection (like icky colds with runny noses) without knowing the scary details,” says family physician Dr Matthew Weimer.

Sharing may not always be in the best interest of your child

Here are four things you should teach your child NOT to share:


Sharing swimwear

Swimming season at most schools has started and with your child will probably want to participate in this fun activity. Sadly, children can be forgetful and your little one could end up going to school without their swimwear. You need to make sure your child understands that wearing someone else’s swimwear is a complete no-no. Swimwear, like underwear, covers very sensitive parts of the body that are susceptible to infection. So, instead of your little one risking a possible yeast infection, teach them to say no to any swimwear offers.


Using the same hairbrush

“Combs can spread a number of diseases, such as head lice, scabies and sometimes even a staph infection. Even families should not share hairbrushes,” says Professor Michael Norton. It is advisable to teach your child not to share their comb or hairbrush.


Lunch-time sharing

Lunchtime is a time for your child toto fill up their belly and take a break from the schoolwork. It will usually be split between playing, eating and even comparing lunchboxes and share their food. It is important for your little one to know that it is OK to eat their fill before giving away any leftovers.



It is essential that your child stays hydrated. Children can be forgetful and leave their water bottles in class or at home. They may also find themselves still thirsty after draining their bottles. When sharing water bottles, teach your child to avoid touching the bottle with their lips and check it for “backwash” before drinking.