Are you having a hard time getting your teenagers to imbibe great hygiene habits?
Here are some tips concluding a post I’d shared before:
1. Changing clothes.
Before puberty, a preteen kid may have gotten away with wearing the same shirt or even the same underwear and same socks, day after day without anyone noticing.
After puberty, that won’t fly.
Because this age group comes with hard headedness and tendencies to be lazy, teach your teens to understand that along with showering, wearing clean clothes each day is an important part of teen hygiene.
Some teens at this point prefer darker coloured clothes so they can repeat wears without washing, or spray key areas of clothes like underarms.
This habit should not be encouraged.
It only worsens body odour.
Point out that cotton clothes absorb sweat better than other materials.
2. Shaving and hair removal.
When hair is noticed on your son’s upper lip or on your daughter’s legs, offer a brief course on razor use.
Girls may also be interested in hair removal products. You can go over the options.
3. Maintaining good oral health.
Teens can get pretty lax about their oral hygiene. Teens love to chew gum.
Brushing, tongue cleaning and flossing are crucial, especially if they drink coffee, sugary, acidic sodas and sports drinks.
It’s not only about tooth decay.
Bad oral hygiene leads to bad breath – and that’s something that no teen wants.
4. Understanding the body.
Talking about good teen hygiene also means talking about puberty.
Girls need to know about breast development and menstruation.
Boys need to know about erections and wet dreams.
Don’t tiptoe around these subjects. If they don’t get the information from you, they’ll get some distorted version of it from their peers.
I love your teen, I love your teen’s health
Your favourite family physician,