If your daughter is about 9- or 10-years-old, she is concerned about her first period. Now is a good time to talk to her about how to be prepared for anything.
She should always have with her a small pouch that contains a pad, change of underwear and a feminine wipe. She will need more than one because she needs one for her backpack at school, sports bags, and purse. Use a pair of her underwear to show her how to attach the pad onto her underwear. Also, explain how to dispose of the pad. If she always has one of these pouches with her, she will never need to be concerned when her period starts.
I am so fascinated by the questions young girls in this age group ask me during my Celebrate Puberty Workshops. We can spend lots of time just going from one scenario to another chatting about what to do the moment their period starts for the first time.
I know it will be very helpful to your daughter to talk through various plans in preparation for her first period.
- What should she do if she notices blood in her underwear while she is at school. If there isn’t a nurse to help her, who then? What if her teacher is a man. How can she communicate to him what has happened to her.
- What if her period starts while she is at her friend’s house for a sleep-over.
- She’s at a sports practice or game, what then?
- Any other situations she is anxious about.
The more you talk through plans until the big transition day happens, the less anxious she will be.