May 18, 2024

Why is Taking Care of My Body Important?

Growing up is all about learning new things, and taking care of your body is one of them. As you get older, your body will change to become more like a man. This is called puberty. During puberty, you might experience:

  • Oilier skin and hair
  • Hair growth on your face, underarms, legs, and private area (the part covered by underwear)
  • Sweating more, especially under your arms (and it might smell stronger)
  • Your voice getting deeper
  • Erections, ejaculations, and wet dreams (explained later)

These changes happen gradually. To stay healthy and feel fresh, you’ll need some new routines.

Daily Habits for a Healthy You

Here are some things to do every day to keep yourself clean and smelling good:

  • Wear clean underwear and clothes every day.
  • Wash your hands and face with soap and water, then dry off with a towel.
  • Take a shower or bath by yourself, washing all your body parts and hair.
  • Use deodorant daily to keep your underarms smelling fresh.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day to prevent cavities and bad breath.

Shaving 101

As hair grows on your face, you might want to shave. Ask a parent or trusted adult for help learning how to use a razor safely.

There are two main types of razors:

  • Electric razors: These are quieter but might tickle a bit.
  • Regular razors: These are sharper and can cut you if you’re not careful. Be extra cautious when using them.

Erections, Ejaculations, and Wet Dreams: What’s the Deal?

Don’t worry, these are all normal parts of growing up! Here’s a quick explanation:

  • Erection: Your penis gets bigger and harder.
  • Ejaculation: A sticky liquid called semen comes out of your penis. This can happen during sex or at night in your sleep (called a wet dream).

Choosing the Right Underwear

Comfort is key! Here are some options:

  • Boxer shorts: Loose and easy to put on and take off.
  • Briefs: More supportive for activities like running or jumping.

Try different kinds until you find what feels best for you.

Making it Easy: Tips for Remembering

New routines can feel overwhelming. Here are some ways to remember your daily hygiene tasks:

  • Make a schedule: List out when to wash your face, take a shower, or shave.
  • Use visuals: Create a picture chart showing the steps for getting washed in the morning.
  • Number your supplies: Put numbers on your soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc., so you know the order to use them.

Be Prepared: Make Your Own Hygiene Kits

Having everything you need in one place makes taking care of yourself easier. Ask a parent or trusted adult to help you create kits for your morning routine (soap, toothbrush, etc.) and shaving (razor, shaving cream, etc.). Choose products you like! If something feels or smells unpleasant, there are other options available

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