Talking About Periods
The earlier you begin talking to your child about the changes to expect during puberty, the better. Try to do this during smaller conversations over a period of time. If your child asks questions about periods and puberty try and answer them as honestly as you can.
If your child isn't asking questions, try to start the conversation yourself. You can use some of these tips below to talk to your child;
Preparing Your Child For Their First Period
No one can predict exactly when your child will start their first period. This may happen when they are at school or out with their friends. It is a good idea to make sure they are well prepared just in case you are not there when their period starts.
Your child may be confused about the different products available in shops. Talk to them about the differences of each product and how they work.
Tampons, menstrual cups and towels (or pads) are safe and suitable for children who have just started their periods. It might be worth your child experimenting until they find the product that suits them best.
The video below explains the differences between the different types of sanitary products.
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