If your child is a teenager while he was “fought” with shower and personal hygiene in general, it is time to have a conversation about it. The hormonal changes of adolescence increase sweating and if you have poor hygiene, odor is not expected. It is not just a matter of smell, but health. Read on to find out about it.
Many mothers and parents of preteens and teenagers face this situation: suddenly, the matter of being groomed and have good hygiene becomes a constant battle. Why? Perhaps it is difficult for children to go through a transition in which, suddenly, your body is no longer the same. With pre teens begin hormonal changes that mean more perspiration and body odor.
So your children just starting pre-teen stage, it is necessary recalques them the importance of personal hygiene. Not only because a person who smells bad and looks dirty may give a bad impression on the school (which causes problems of self-esteem), but because it is a health issue: those who do not have good personal hygiene are more prone to develop infections and other diseases.
Where do you start to make it clear to your child the teen responsibility with their hygiene? Talk to him or her. Ask him why he is not interested in being clean. Do it with love and understanding. You do not know what answers you will hear. Maybe it’s laziness, maybe because he feels it is the fashion, or maybe there is a deeper problem such as depression.
Either way, talk clearly that the cleaning is health. Here we have a tour on the important points for good personal hygiene:
- Showering: During the years of puberty, bathe daily is essential. Soap is recommended and should place particular emphasis on the armpits, genitals, face, hands and feet (better, the whole body!)
- Brushing teeth: There is nothing more unpleasant than bad breath. Remind your children that their teeth are forever and are an important letter. Even teeth clean, white and sound make them more attractive.
- Washing hair: even if they do every day, it is important to use shampoo to clean the hair and keep it healthy.
- Use deodorant: as I mentioned before, the sweat glands are activated during this stage due to hormonal changes. So I use a deodorant is essential to lift the bacteria that cause bad odor.
- Avoid acne: wash your face is a good habit that must be pre-adolescents and adolescents to prevent acne. Remind you to do so gently.
- Change clothes every day: if before the children could wear a shirt two days running without leaving scent, now the story is different. Recálcales that there is nothing better than starting the day with a shower and clean clothes. This will also prevent odors and can be comfortable and cool.
- Shaving and plucking: When you notice that your child will leave some hair on your face, you can tell that you can shave and tell how, if you wish. In the case of girls, shave her legs could emerge as a concern and you can also talk about the options out there: creams, waxing or razor blade. Discuss with her the best choice for your skin and your needs.
If your teenage daughter and had her first menstruation, hygiene is essential. Changed the pads or tampons frequently make you feel fresh and prevent odors and, in the case of tampons, health problems if left in for long.
Since adolescence is a time of affirmation and personal discovery, besides being the starting point in the relations with the opposite sex, your child (a), I assure you will not want to smell bad, have bad breath, suffer acne, etc.., because you may feel rejection from friends and members of the opposite sex. If the argument that health is the need to be clean does not work, so prop to look more attractive.