While I was in secondary school, a friend of my mom came visiting one day.
She had just got a new house-help and complained to my mom.
“My house-help has body odour, bad breath and is very dirty,” she lamented.
The girl was 13 years old. At that age, some teens have not learnt how to embrace clean habits, so it wasn’t out of the ordinary.
To rate your teens’s hygiene is to let his or her shoes be your guide.
This is because a lot of teens have what we call “Sweaty Sock Syndrome.”
Of course, sweaty feet are just the beginning.
As soon as puberty hits and the hormones start flowing, a preteen’s hygiene requirements change dramatically in many ways. A lot of parents avoid discussing the subject.
It is often assumed that 10- or 11-year-olds will somehow naturally learn what they need to know about hygiene, but that’s not true.
Someone has to teach them.
Kids with poor hygiene face consequences – medical consequences and low self esteem especially when their peers label them. This may later affect them in future.
I will be sharing on the steps to take when it comes to teens hygiene subsequently. Do keep tabs.
I love teens, I love teens’ health.
Your favourite family physician,