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Nurse's Notes

Hygiene is very important for adolescents. Before puberty body odor is not a concern.  After puberty, sweat glands become more active and produce stronger smelling odor.  Puberty also causes the skin to produce extra oil, which causes both the skin and hair to look oily.  This is why many teens have issues with acne.

Please discuss these good hygiene tips with your student:
•    Shower daily and make sure to shampoo your hair regularly.
•    Use deodorant or antiperspirant after showering.  You can also sprinkle on powder to help with sweat and odor.
•    Wear fresh, clean clothes every day.  Clothes absorb odor and they need to be washed after being worn.
•    Wash your face daily with mild soap to help prevent acne.  You don’t want to scrub too hard or pick at your pimples because it can make the acne worse.
•    Maintain good oral health.  Brush and floss your teeth twice a day (morning and before bed time) to prevent tooth decay and bad breath.

Poor hygiene is not just an odor issue, but can also lead to health issues.  Infections and rashes are common complications of not taking care of yourself.  So keep yourself healthy and your neighbors happy by practicing good hygiene.

If you have any questions about your student's health, please contact our school nurse, Joy Boton, at jboton@sandi.net or 858-586-7001, extension 2225.