The right foundations should be set from the beginning. Therefore, it is important to talk to your little girl and help her acquire, early on, some habits about her period, which will help her to maintain a good gynaecological health:
- Comply with hygiene rules
Thorough, but not excessive, cleaning of the sensitive area and frequent changing of feminine hygiene products (sanitary napkins, panty liners), will help her maintain a good gynaecological hygiene, avoiding skin irritation, protecting herself from the secretions and thus keeping her feeling clean and fresh.
- Be well nourished
A healthy and balanced diet, rich in nutrients, not only helps in the proper development of adolescents, but has been proven to drastically contribute to the treatment of many symptoms of the period.
- Drink lots of water
During the period, the body is dehydrated often creating a feeling of exhaustion. Therefore it is important, especially in those days, to urge your daughter to consume plenty of water.
- Be as active as in the rest of the days
It is important to teach your daughter to «listen» to her body. Thus, if she is unwell and has no special discomfort, urge her to continue to be as active as the other days. In fact, moderate exercise will help her to deal more effectively with any minor discomfort.
- Take some time to rest
During the period, the body is hyperactive, which often causes a feeling of exhaustion. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your little girl rests and sleeps enough in order to avoid any extra discomfort.
- Keep a period calendar
It is important for your little girl to learn to keep a period calendar right from the start. This way, she will monitor her period, gain a better understanding of her body and learn to recognize which symptoms are normal and which would call for the attention of a gynaecologist. For greater convenience, she could use the EveryDay period calendar.
In collaboration with Dr Olga. E. Bikou, Obstetrician-Surgeon-Gynaecologist