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Your child will go through many changes in puberty. One of the most ificant milestones is your child's first period. Periods are part of the menstrual cycle. They happen because of changing hormone levels in the ovarieswhich affect the uterus. Most of the blood and tissue comes out in the first couple of days, but some people have bleeding for up to seven days.
The amount of bleeding varies. Cycles are usually between 25 and 35 days. But periods might not be regular for the first few years, so cycles might change from one period to the next. Irregular cycles can be as short as 21 days, and as long as 45 days or even longer. Young people who start their periods earlier will usually get a regular cycle more quickly than those who start their periods later. Irregular periods in the first three years are completely normal. Talking about periods can be a tricky conversation.
You might want to suggest your child carries p, underpants, tampons or a cup. For example, they could keep some in a small bag in their school bag and sports bag. P, underpants, tampons or a menstrual cup?
Your child can use tampons and cups at any age, but it can take some time and practice to get used to them. When your child is first starting with tampons or a menstrual cupit might help to practise between periods, to get used to inserting and removing them.
For tampons it can help to put a bit of lubricant or petroleum jelly on the tip of a tampon so it slides in more easily, or use water as a lubricant for a menstrual cup. Looking at diagrams of the slope and shape of the vagina can also help, as can using a mirror while practising. Being comfortable with using tampons or a menstrual cup can be a big help in these busy and active years. How many p, tampons, period-proof underpants or cups? Your child will probably need to use sanitary p or tampons a day, although it might be fewer on lighter days.
In the first couple of days and at night, longer, thicker p or p with wings can be good. Your child will need to change their pad or tampon every hours, depending on how heavy or light the bleeding is. Your child will need to use pairs of period-proof underpants each day, depending on how heavy their bleeding is and how absorbent the pants are.
Period-proof underpants need to be washed and dried between uses, so your child might need several pairs to get through their period. Your child will need menstrual cups. Cups can be worn for up to 12 hours but might need to be emptied and washed more often, depending on how heavy bleeding is. They need rinsing out between uses. This way your child can prepare for things like sleepovers, school camps or swimming carnivals.
Your child might also have a sore tummy, feel sick or have diarrhoea. Period pain and these associated symptoms are common. If your child gets a sore tummy, back or legs before or during their period, your child could try:. Very painful periods are common, as are symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. But if your child has period pain that disrupts everyday activities, they should see their GP. Hormone treatments that regulate periods or even turn them off for a while are safe and very effective.
Many people will experience mood changes just before or during the first few days of their periods. These changes can include being a bit irritable or more sensitive, or feeling angry, anxious or even depressed. This can be Pictures of girls on their period for your child and the rest of the family to cope with. Giving your child a bit more privacy and space around this time can make it easier for everyone, without making a big deal about it. Periods can be especially challenging for young people with additional needs and their parents.
Your child still needs to know about periods and the menstrual cycle at a level they can understand. You might like to about preparing autistic girls for periods and preparing autistic children for puberty. Sharing stories and strategies with parents or caregivers in similar situations, either in person or online, can help.Pictures of girls on their period
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