Health Library

 

Down Syndrome: Grooming and Hygiene

Topic Overview

As your child with Down syndrome enters puberty, grooming and hygiene become increasingly important. Your child may need to learn new habits to stay well groomed. Cleanliness is very important for proper socialization and acceptance by peers.

  • Stress the importance of bathing and how good it feels to get clean and smell good. Pay special attention to helping your child keep his or her face clean.
  • Establish a routine for the order of grooming and hygiene-related tasks. For example, start with brushing teeth, using the bathroom, showering or bathing, and combing hair. You will also need to help your child with some occasional grooming tasks, such as clipping nails and scheduling regular haircuts.
  • Help your child shave as often as is needed. For girls, this may mean shaving the legs and underarms. Older boys and young men may need help shaving the face.
  • Buy deodorant and help your child incorporate its use into his or her daily routine.
  • Look for signs of dry skin or eczema.
  • After girls start menstruating, help them learn to use pads or tampons. Discuss how to keep track of the cycle and how to identify the physical signs that menstruation is about to occur. Remind them to keep supplies handy at school or in a purse.

Although it may take extra effort, teach your child how to do these self-care tasks on his or her own.

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as of July 1, 2013

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

First Nurse

First Nurse

Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!

Ames: 515-239-6877
In Iowa: 800-524-6877 

Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.

Symptom Checker

Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.

Symptom Checker

Patient Privacy | Net Learning for Employees | MGMC PACS for Physicians
Emergency Preparedness

1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - yourhealth.mgmc@mgmc.com

©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.