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What should children know about caring for themselves during puberty?

Puberty is a time of change and development and can be awkward and embarrassing for adolescents. Take time to explain the physical changes to your child. Males will experience penis growth, increased hair growth and nighttime ejaculations. They may need to begin using razors to shave. Girls will encounter breast development, hair growth, and menstruation.

Increased hormone levels may cause acne and body odor. Instruct your child on the uses of deodorant and personal hygiene. Young girls may need to begin wearing bras and using feminine products during their menstrual period. Most schools provide sexual education programs, but parents should also monitor and talk with their children about puberty.

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