Puberty and Hygiene 2

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Puberty causes all kinds of changes in a childs body. These bodily changes are a normal part of becoming an adult. Still, some of them can be a real source of anxiety. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the changes in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The roller coaster in hormone levels during puberty can cause acne breakouts. Regular showers and twice-a -day face washing help to control oily skin. Its important to explain to your child that everyone experiences acne at some point in their lives. If your child is experiencing severe acne, speak with your physician because there are medications available to help.

These hormones that create acne can also make your childs hair appear greasy. To control the extra oiliness, it is essential that your child wash his or her hair every day or every other day.

Puberty also causes body hair to appear in new places. Some young adults may choose to start shaving. Its all up to you and what you feel comfortable with for your child. Whether shaving legs, face or armpits, encourage your child to go slowly.

Puberty and its many changes can be difficult not only for the parents but also for the teenager. Good hygiene habits will help produce a healthy, happy and more confident teen.

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