PSYCHOLOGY

Simple But Important Rules Of Intimate Hygiene For Girls

Date September 5, 2018

Observing the rules of intimate hygiene is no less important than washing hands or brushing teeth. Each person can maintain their health through simple routine, which should be taught from early childhood. Mothers shouldn’t shy out of explaining to their daughters how to properly care for the intimate area and why it is important. Our simple recommendations will help do it quickly and turn the routine into a pleasant daily ritual.

1. Newborns

The newborn’s skin is very delicate – it is prone to irritations, infections, and inflammation, as it is not sufficiently thick and functionally mature yet. Various microorganisms and contaminants can enter the genital tract at any age. However, it is more dangerous for children due to imperfection of their immune system and an insufficiently developed ability of the organism to clean itself.

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With each change of a diaper or panties, the genital area must be carefully wiped with baby wipes or washed under running water – not in a bath.

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During the first year of life, don’t use cosmetic compositions containing dyes and fragrances to wash the baby. They can dry the delicate skin of the baby and remove the natural barrier produced by its organism. When choosing the hygiene products, it is better to give preference to liquid baby soap. Don’t use barred analogues, as their surface is more susceptible to bacterial growth. Antibacterial agents are not recommended. It is also not advised to bathe babies with hygiene products more than once a day, except for cases if they are too dirty and pure water won’t do it. Keep in mind that the genital area shouldn’t be soaped.

After bathing, gently and thoroughly wipe the baby with a clean towel and apply a small amount of baby cream.

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Basic hygiene rules for a baby girl.

  1. Before bathing the baby, wash your hands with soap.
  2. A baby should have a personal towel, a wisp of bast and a baby hygiene product, which must be dissolved in water.
  3. Washing around the baby’s genitals, make sure that the water jet is directed from front to back, and your movements are from the tummy to the back, not vice versa. It minimizes the risk of the intestinal flora entering the genital tract.
  4. If the girl's diaper turned out to be dirty right before bathing, then wipe that area and other body parts clean with special wipes or a soft fabric soaked in water, before bathing.

2. Hygiene before puberty

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The increased attention to genital organs at the age of 6-7 as well as the need to visit public toilets in kindergartens and schools increase the risk of inflammatory processes, including vulvitis and vaginitis.

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To prevent this, it is important to observe the following rules.

  1. Twice a day as well as after every defecation, the external genitalia should be washed with soap water front to back.
  2. When buying intimate hygiene products, choose the ones with a neutral pH level.
  3. Panties should be made of cotton, and they should be changed daily.

3. Early adolescence

With the onset of natural changes in the body, girls need to cultivate new personal hygienic habits.

  1. Liquid intimate hygiene products should have an acidic pH.
  2. Wash the external genitalia 1-2 times a day.
  3. Don’t use daily pantyliners. In case of atypical discharge, consult a pediatric gynecologist.

You should be especially careful with thong panties. They facilitate the intestinal flora entering the vagina. Therefore, it is better to give preference to shorts or classic models. Don’t wear thongs constantly or too often.

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Vaginal discharge usually appears at the age of 9 – it should be transparent and not too abundant. With an increase in volume, a change in color (especially if it is green, yellow, or brown), the appearance of an unpleasant smell - a pediatric gynecologist should be consulted.

At the age of 12-13, most girls have menarche. From this moment on, it is recommended to wash this area twice a day and change sanitary pads every 3-4 hours.

As for other available hygiene products, it is best not to use tampons at least for some time after menarche (including the ones for virgins). Due to their way of application, they often contribute to the development of inflammation. For older adolescent girls, frequent or continued use of tampons is also not recommended.

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Many girls wonder if other people feel the specific smell during their menstruation, and whether they need to use special napkins or other hygiene products to eliminate the odor. Normally, others can’t notice the smell of the menstrual discharge. It is necessary to see the doctor in case of an atypical odor caused by an infection. But even in this case if a girl follows the rules of hygiene, wears clean clothes and underwear, and changes pads in a timely manner, others will not notice anything.

Using intimate napkins, sprays, and deodorants at this age is undesirable. The same applies to vaginal douching - all these actions can trigger allergic reactions, irritation, development of infections, and interfere with vaginal microbiota. Such products and procedures don’t solve the problem, but only temporarily mask it, while it still can require medical treatment.

To prevent unpleasant situations, recommend your daughter to:

  • observe personal hygiene;
  • wear clean cotton underwear;
  • timely change the hygiene products during menstruation;
  • carry spare panties in case there is a leak.

It is quite simple to care for a genital area and keep it clean. The main thing is to adhere to these rules and timely explain what is necessary to do on a regular basis and why, teaching hygiene from an early age.

Source: BEBEZCLUB, babycentre, TeensHealth

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.