Puberty and Hygiene 1

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Puberty happens to every person some time after the age of 8. It is the transition into adulthood. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the changes involved in a young person going through puberty in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Puberty typically occurs between the ages of 8 and 12. It is the transition into adulthood, when the sex organs grow and develop, and the body becomes capable to reproduce. These changes can make your child feel proud and happy, but sometimes they can make him or her feel confused or embarrassed.

Along with this transformation come body odors. This is because the bodys glands produce more oil and perspiration. As these glands become more active, chemicals are secreted into the sweat that creates a strong odor in the armpits, as well as the feet and genitals.

Here are some steps to great hygiene that parents can teach their children:

Bathe or shower daily using a mild soap.

Wear clean clothes, socks and underwear each day.

Switch to cotton or other natural materials to help absorb excess sweat into T-shirts, socks and underwear.

Use a deodorant or antiperspirant to fight extra sweat under the arms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.