You'd agree with me on this, that we live in a society where pelvic health is not discussed or talked about at all until a girl reaches her puberty. We've always ignored this topic of discussion, and often conversations leading to the discussion of pelvises are halted or hindered.
The lack of awareness leaves women and girls clueless, ill-prepared and hardly aware of the wrong and right doings about menstruation, pregnancy, sexual activities, sexually transmitted diseases, childbirth, etc. It's time we start talking to our daughters and young girls, openly about pelvises and things related to them.
Dr. Deepa Camenga, is an assistant professor and pediatrician at the Yale School of Medicine and her views on this subject are quite opposite, "When we drop our kids off for camp, we remind them of healthy habits like "Be sure to put on sunscreen before and after the pool and wash your hands," but we rarely remind our kids to go to the bathroom, holding loo for too long may increase the chance of developing pelvic muscle disorders, incontinence/bladder leaking, and urinary tract infections in the future."
There are a few do's and don'ts that a girl needs be taught by their parents or educators, in order to be cautious about her pelvic health.
Mothers or educators, first themselves need to know about pelvic health before orienting younger girls about it. It's good to consult any doctor for the same. Also, mothers should consult the pediatricians of their daughters for tips and suggestions.
Kids will always have questions about their bodies while growing up. When she asks you questions out of shear curiosity, grab the opportunity wisely and talk to her. Be comfortable while talking about this subject, even if you've not. This will help her open up and talk more freely with you. She might have all sorts of questions, don't hide away from them, take them head on!
If your kid perceives pelvic discussion as a part of her everyday conversation and not as a special or secretive one, she's more likely to be open and adaptable to it!
Don't make the pelvic talk sound like a ''special talk" or else it'll give your child an impression that it's something bizarre and needs to be kept a secret and not to talk about publicly. Why can't you talk about it just like you talk about food, school, friends? It's not at all hard, try it!
Like you remind your little one every day about brushing their teeth before bed, bathing daily, washing hands before eating anything, reminders related to pelvic health should also be considered, in a similar manner.
One of the most important things is for a parent to connect well with her daughters while talking about pelvic health. Connect to them in ways they'd like and understand, like through mobile phone applications, books, games, etc.
As a parent you should be aware that the health education class at your kid's school does not cover every detail she needs to know, in order to be fully acquainted about her pelvic health.
That's all, folks!
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