It’s important that your help your child take responsibility for their personal hygiene and self-care. From showering to preventing acne, there are a number of aspects of hygiene and self-care that you need to teach your child about. Here are a few other preventive care areas that you should help your child with.
It’s essential that your child showers regularly. Although you don’t necessarily need to shower every day, it’s crucial that you teach your child to shower throughout the week, especially once they hit puberty. While showering, it’s important that your child focuses on their feet, underarms, face, hands, and groin. Additionally, it’s important to instruct your child to wash their hair and fingernails as well. Although some teens may prefer to shower every other day to prevent their hair from drying out, if your child has notoriously oily hair, it’s important to wash every day.
Especially during puberty, your child has active sweat glands that are going to release more chemical compositions than any other time of their life. This is going to cause their underarms to smell stronger, which requires more use of antiperspirants or deodorants.
Your kid has always had plenty of working sweat glands. It’s important to instruct your child to use deodorant daily, especially after exercising. By using deodorant and antiperspirants regularly, your child can avoid smelling strangely around their friends, especially if they have overworking sweat glands throughout puberty.
Oral health is just as important as any other kind of self-care. Kids can often become pretty relaxed about their oral health habits; they may skip flossing or only brush their teeth once a day. Make sure they practice good tooth brushing technique, floss every day, and go to regular pediatric dentistry appointments.
As your child ages and reaches puberty, acne will become a bigger concern. When they are young, encourage them to get in the habit of washing their wash twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Another way you can help them to prevent breakouts is by ensuring they are eating a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits. Though sugar does not cause acne, it can make existing breakouts worse. Be sure to address common myths about acne and inform them about actual remedies to treat their acne.
When it comes to good habits, it is always best to start early. By teaching your child about good personal hygiene and self-care when they are young, you can be sure that they will carry their good habits through adulthood.