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Personal hygiene is one of the important things that should be followed, moreover personal hygiene during puberty is more important due to various reasons. Puberty is changing children’s bodies into adult bodies and it occurs during the age of 8 to 16 years. During this stage, the hormones increases and causes a number of changes both physically and mentally. Personal hygiene should be concerned due to personal, psychological, social, and emotional reasons. Continue reading to know more about the importance and types of personal hygiene during puberty. 

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The changes during puberty

The common changes that occur during puberty in both girls and boys are active sweat glands, oil glands, and hair growth. They get emotional changes according to the way they respond to family and friends. Most of the teens will be self-conscious while experiencing mood swings, anxiety, sensitivity, and confusion. They also form positive emotions on having their own interest and goals and learn to relate to others in a more mature way. 

Girls will attend puberty during the age between 9 to 14 and girls who reach it earlier than this, are because of the influence of nutrition and the environment. They will start developing breasts with hair growth in armpits and genital areas. And they put bodyweight with the composition of fats in their body. 

Boys will reach their age of puberty when they are 12 to 16 years old and during this period they start getting deeper voices, facial hair and their mass of muscles gets larger. They also start ejaculation and get wet dreams (ejaculating while sleeping). 

Why personal hygiene during puberty is important?

 In addition to the general reasons, some specific reasons make us realize the importance of personal hygiene during puberty. 

Secretion of glands, body odor, menstruation, and ejaculations will lead germs to enter causing infections, illness, and various other diseases. So personal hygiene will help to avoid them and lead a healthy life. 

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Children see new changes like growth, body odor, and hair growth and so it is important to keep their private parts clean and avoid sweat and body odor. 

Personal hygiene is needed to keep teens comfortable around people by adjusting to the social norms of adulthood and moreover to stay disciplined. 

Teens should be taught about personal hygiene

Lack of awareness and laziness will make the teens be disinterest in maintaining their hygiene, and so health issues arise.
They should be taught about being hygiene and the changes that occur during the period, at the beginning of puberty, and keep them prepared for the change. 

Trust should be developed by limiting the conversation to you and the teen to respect your privacy.

They should be made aware of how poor hygiene could be a problem leading to infections and diseases,  also make sure that these don’t embarrass or be shameful to them.

Aspects of hygiene should be taught by saying the importance of hygiene impacting physically, psychologically, mentally, and socially. 

Be supportive to make them follow the cleanliness by praising and rewarding them,  and if they do not improve set strict hygiene rules. 

Personal hygiene practices to follow

When teenagers attain puberty,  the body gets oily and traps dust and dirt.  This becomes a breeding ground for germs,  causing acne and blackheads.  Therefore the face should be washed with mild soaps or cleansers.  Appropriate skin care products, mild acne creams, and other treatments should be taken prescribed by doctors. 

New types of sweat glands occur during this period and so body odor develops in the armpit and genital areas. So bathing is important, especially after an outing and physical activities to remove bacteria and sweat.

Germ in the hands will spread to any part of the body,  and so hands should be washed after touching any contaminated areas,  especially after using toilets, and before and after eating meals.  Nails are also a breeding ground for germs,  and this will transfer into the mouth while eating.  Touching the face can also cause germs into the mouth,  eyes, nose, and skin,  therefore the nails should be scrubbed to remove dirt by using a nail brush. 

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Adolescence goes out more,  and so easily get dirt in their hair.  The hormonal changes will make the hair oily and smelly.  And so the hair should be washed with mild shampoos twice or thrice a week.  

Update the toilet hygiene once they hit puberty to wipe genitals after washing toilets and wash them also while bathing, as they have secretions from genitals. 

Menstrual hygiene is really important and the girls should be aware of tracking their periods and using hygiene products like sanitary pads, tampons and moreover they should know to dispose of the products safely after using them. The correct usage of these products should be guided along with the frequency of changing them. 

Clothes play an important part in maintaining personal hygiene because clothes that contain sweat and other body fluids will retain dead skin cells and contains germs, so clothes should be cleaned and changed especially undergarments, other inner wears, and socks, to avoid puberty related issue.

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For boys, mustache and beards will develop, and to shave them they can use shaving creams and teen-friendly razors. Shaving off their facial hair should be taught to do carefully to avoid injuries and similarly, girls should be taught to do it properly to remove their underarm hair and to be more concerned when they shave the hair in genital areas while concerning the importance of sterilized equipment. And moreover, they should not share these kinds of stuff with any other person.

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