Yesterday morning at the clinic, I hugged one of my female teen friends who came in to say “Hi.”
I had perceived a whiff of a mix of scents and reacted with a sneeze. It was not the perfume she wore. I could not figure out the exact odour, but there was a smell of sweat in the mix.
I asked her if she did had practiced what Nigerians call “Rub and Shine” routine because it was still a cool morning.
Later, I found out that it was her underwear – her brassiere. She had worn one brassiere for five days running!
Keep in mind that many teens have a skewed perception of how much they sweat. They feel they do not sweat as much as they really do.
Many times, one will be surprised at outlandish things otherwise sensible teenagers believe.
Boys are more prone to bad hygiene habits. Some of them just don’t care.
I recommend a fresh set of underwear everyday. It boosts confidence too.
This is possible when they have enough underwears to last about a week or more.
Teens need to know how to take care of themselves because they really are on the verge of adulthood and having good hygiene will really matter.
As one who has teens, you need to be empathetic. Remember that puberty is an incredibly confusing time.
Your teen may have lots of questions about teen hygiene that he or she doesn’t know how to get answered. Try to give your teen the space to ask them.
Be a good role model. If you want your teen to have good hygiene habits, you need to stick to them yourself.
Don’t shuffle around the house in pajamas all weekend. My teen friend actually told me her mom uses a brassiere for up to one week!
So, are you guilty as charged?
I love teens, I love teens health.
Your favourite family physician,