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Tips for handling menstrual hygiene for your special girl-child

Tips for handling menstrual hygiene for your special girl-child

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A parent support group meet was organized on the 16th of July 2017, by Nayi Disha resource centre. Several useful ideas and key management strategies on special needs were discussed during the event and have evoked positive response from many parents. We have presented below the major topics discussed to be able to reach out to all the parents who can equally benefit from this useful exchange of ideas. Our parent circle included two very enthusiastic and inspiring individuals, Mrs. Sunita Deshpande, a special educator and Dr Kavya, gynaecologist. They were both instrumental in providing valuable inputs and provided motivation to parents about finding constructive ways to deal with the challenges surrounding a special girl-child.

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Some of the health hygiene practices that parents should be aware of when handling their child’s menstrual hygiene are listed below –

  • Due to skin sensitivity issues that a lot of special needs children face, it is best to reduce the usage of detergents when washing undergarments. The usage of anti-microbial liquids such as Dettol or Savlon should be kept to a bare minimum, to prevent adverse skin reactions in sensitive areas such as the genitals.
  • As good household practise it is advisable to personalize the washing of a girl’s undergarments separately from the clothes of other members of the household.
  • Once again using visual aids, teach your child
    •  to NOT manipulate her private parts too much,
    • or introduce any foreign body into it
    • to change her underpants at least twice a day.
    • to prevent itching from all 3 orifices. This if unchecked can lead to infections.
  • All school going children (and adults in the household who feed them) must as safe practise undergo periodical de-worming every 6 months. It is safe to practice de-worming every 6 months by ingesting a doctor prescribed de-worming pill. Soil-transmitted worms enter our body through unclean water or food we consume, and can directly impact our body’s ability to absorb vital minerals and nutrients.
  • Introduce a bed wetting avoidance training schedule. Frequent bed wetting can also be a source for urinary infections. Our parent interaction group received some good feedback from experienced mothers about tackling the case of frequent bed wetters.
    • Some of the tips we received were the following -
      • Ensure your child consumes less fluids before going to bed
      • An effective natural remedy to reduce bed wetting is the consumption of honey
      • Teaching your child to develop a routine to wake up in the middle of the night (by setting up an alarm if needed) to use the toilet.
      • Performing bladder muscle strengthening exercises or introducing any kind of physical exercise into the routine can help with bladder control.
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