Personal hygiene is important at all times. It is especially important that girls know how to care for and clean themselves when they are menstruating. This might seem obvious for some, but parents and care givers should not assume all girls know what to do.
Teens and Tweens may think they know everything however, it is up to us to make sure they are given quality information about the importance of hygiene and the importance on staying on top of their period. That means helping her buy sanitary products, advising her on the use of feminine hygiene products and helping her keep track of her period. Some Teens and Tweens may want to do this on their own, but it’s best to go over everything with them at least once. We want to always respect their privacy while offering help every step of the way.
Here are a few topics I covered with my girls, so that they would feel confident about what to expect each month.
For many the first sign of an oncoming period is cramps, while others might experience a change in mood, headaches or tender breast. Let your Teen or Tween know that these symptoms are all normal and natural. If these symptoms are so bad that they make them uncomfortable contact a doctor for recommendations on what to take for the pain. I also suggest using a heating pad to help ease the pain.
It is important that girls feel fresh and comfortable throughout the day. For this to happen it is very important that pads and panty liners be changed often. This will help maintain cleanliness as well as avoid odors and accidents. Remember, panty liners are meant for spotting days, and not to be worn on heavy-flow days instead of pads.
If you have had your period for a while you will know when to change your pad and panty liner. When you are just starting out it can be a little tricky depending on how heavy or light your flow is. I suggest changing your pad as often as you need to feel dry, fresh and clean. It is a good idea to change them every 3 to 4 hours if your flow is light and more often if it is heavy. Experiment with different sizes and find a solution that works for you.
Keeping a Calendar
Be sure to explain to your Teen or Tween how long her cycle might last and how to track it. Tracking it with a calendar is a good idea, so there are no surprises and spotting. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to be ready when it arrives.
Keep in mind feminine hygiene is essential, and it is important that all Teens and Tweens adopt the practice of good feminine hygiene habits early on.
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How did you explain the importance of hygiene while on your period to your girls?
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