When it comes to giving your daughter the hygiene talk, you must admit it is much easier to do than the sex talk. When a young girl is growing up, it is important for them to learn a few tricks and ropes on how to keep clean and maintain their hygiene.
Some of these tips might not be new to them but it is always good to have the talk, just to reinforce. Here are some hygiene tips you can share with your teenage daughter:
Importance of showering
When kids are younger, both boys and girls are grouped together and they often grow up thinking they are the same. However, it is important to remind them as they approach their teenage years that they can no longer shower with their brothers or even skip baths.
Teach them about the changes their bodies are going through and why they might need to shower twice a day.
Still on the topic of showering, you can also consider buying them deodorants and perfumes to keep them smelling fresh for longer. Let them know that their bodies might start sweating more than usual and the sweat might lead to foul smell. Using a deodorant might be a good confidence boost for them.
Sanitary towel use
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Just like showering, your teenage daughter will soon start her periods and she will need to know how to use sanitary pads. Teach your daughter how to use a sanitary pad and make the lesson as practical as possible and show her exactly what to do. Tell them the importance of changing a pad between 4- 6 hours to maintain good hygiene.
Also remind them that they should always put on dry underwear. Wet underwear can cause vaginal infections and foul smells. They should always remember to keep the area dry and clean at all times.
It is also important to point out why they shouldn’t use scented soap to wash their lady parts.
Brush their teeth
As a young girl growing up, it is important that they know the importance of having a proper oral hygiene. When they reach their teenage years, their opinions will probably start to matter and people will want to hear them talk and express themselves. It is important for girls to have clean teeth and fresh breath as this also acts as a huge confidence boost.
It is also at this point that you can introduce your teenage daughter to a lip balm. Lip balms are milder and friendlier than lip glosses. They will prevent their lips from drying and cracking unlike glosses that send a different message all together.
Caring for her hair
When your daughter is younger, you do her hair and ensure it is always clean and moisturized. However, when they hit puberty they want to do things on their own and be independent.
As a parent it is important to teach your child the ropes on how to care for their own hair and keep it clean. Ensure they know how to do their own knots and sleep with hair wraps to prevent hair from tangling and dirtying sheets with oil.
The hair is the epicenter of any girls face and it should always be neat. When a girl is not properly taking care of her hair, it will show. The hair will always have a dumb smell and look untidy. Ensure your daughter understands the importance of good grooming to her image.
What to carry in their bag
As a young girl growing to be a woman someday, there are some nitty gritties that they should get used to carrying all the time in case of an emergency. In her bag she should always have a sanitary towel and a pant, she is not to walk unprepared. This is rule number one to being a lady.
In her purse she should also carry wet pipes and sanitizers just to help her sanitize from germs. Wet pipes also come in handy when she needs to wipe off dust from her shoes or face, a girl should always be clean. A deodorant can also come in handy in case she sweats a lot.