Have you talked to your daughter about her first period?
You probably must, sooner than you think. Though the average age of first period is around 12 years, there are more and more instances of early puberty or precocious puberty being reported. Even as early as at the age of 6 and 7 years. Here are a few tips that you can follow to protect your daughter from early puberty.
Signs of puberty are sudden spurt in growth, change in body shape, underarm and pubic hair growth. The breasts also start developing around the age of 8 and 9 and she might have to start wearing beginner bras. Here are tips to help you choose the right starter bra for her.
If you notice any of the above signs, you must ensure that your daughter knows and is comfortable with the following
About Period Itself
You must ensure that she knows what period means and the fact that she will get her period every month. You can use this fun video lesson on puberty to teach her all about it.
Period Means Lots Of Period Products
There are more period products in the market today than there ever was and this can get confusing. This fun video by HowToTellYourChild.com will introduce her to all the options that are there and how to use them & dispose them. But a word of caution; she is better off with pads than tampons as the latter can be dangerous with risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. She can also use period panties to prevent stains as a pads might not be sufficient protection for long day at school with sport and moving around.
Show & Tell
It's not enough to have just watched the videos & talked about these products. It's important that you actually have these products bought and ready for her. It would be even better if you demonstrated how to use and dispose them too.
We all know by now that periods are unpredictable. Especially in the first year, there are so many body changes that she will be going through. So it's better she is uses leakproof panties a week before the expected date of her period and she always carries her period supplies in her school bag.
Cramps, Tiredness,Irritability, Bloating are some of the not-so-pretty effects of periods. You are who she learns from most. Teaching her that getting her period healthy is important. You can influence her to be positive and to take discomforts in her stride. This will be the lesson of her life.
So, there you go. Equip your little angel with these important lessons and watch her shine. Period or No Period.