When girls are in their teenage years, it is very important for them to know what proper hygiene habits should be adopted to cope with the changes that are happening in their body. Girls at this stage usually sweat more making them prone to unwanted body odor. Hair growth and increased hormone levels add up to create scenarios that girls experience for the first time in their lives.
So as a parent, how do you deal with the changes that are happening in your teenage girl? What then are the points that you need to emphasize to your teens to maintain proper hygiene?
You can start by explaining to your teenager that her body is changing. Assure her that it’s a normal process of growing up and that all other girls experience the same things at this stage. You may now proceed in teaching her the importance of proper hygiene at this time and share some points on how she can maintain her body’s cleanliness and sanitation despite the changes.
Encourage your teen to take a bath regularly. Sweating brings about bacteria in the body which results to unwanted odors. If these bacteria are left to grow and multiply in the body, they will smell unpleasant.
It’s also the best time to teach girls how to shave and remove unwanted hair. Point out the necessity to remove these hairs, especially on their armpits and legs, as a means to keep a neat and clean body. If there is a problem with some facial hair, you can always bring your teen to skin experts to find the best solution for them.
Introduce deodorants if there is a need to control body odor. Educate your teenage girl about how these substances help her by controlling sweating and bacterial growth in the most dark and moist places of her body such as her underarm.