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What Are the Different Types of Personal Care for Children?

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Different types of personal care for children include products for oral hygiene, grooming, and bath and body care. The distinctions between personal care for children and similar products intended for adults vary. In some cases, the primary difference between adult and children's products is the way the product is packaged and marketed. In other cases, such as with toothbrushes, the product may be reduced in size so as to make it easier for a child to use and maneuver. Other differences may include the use of kid-friendly fragrances or the elimination of fragrance altogether as well as formulations that reduce a child's exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals.

Oral hygiene personal care for children typically includes items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and even child-friendly mouthwash. As very young children may swallow mouthwash and toothpaste, some manufacturers formulate these products with safer ingredients that are unlikely to be toxic to a child. For example, mouthwash for children is typically alcohol-free. Some oral care manufacturers have also developed fluoride-free toothpastes intended for use by very young children. In addition, these products are often flavored differently than adult toothpastes and mouthwashes, with an emphasis on fruity flavors to encourage children to brush their teeth regularly.

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Another significant area of personal care for children includes bath and body products. These products include soaps, shampoos, and body lotions. What distinguishes these products from adult formulations varies by product. In some cases, manufacturers make a point to use only very basic ingredients that are unlikely to irritate children's skin or pose a threat to a child's health. In other cases, the product differences may be more aesthetic, and the products may feature fragrances and product designs that appeal to children. For example, a line of bath products may incorporate common cartoon characters in its packaging.

Personal care products intended for children may also vary by age group. Babies and very young children, for example, may have very sensitive skin that requires the use of lotions and creams that have been formulated to minimize the risk of rashes or other allergic reactions. On the other hand, pre-adolescent and adolescent children have different needs, including the need for body odor control and facial and body hair removal. Some manufacturers have developed products specifically for these markets to encourage good grooming and personal hygiene. Like other types of personal care for children, these products typically feature more colorful packaging as well as fragrances that appeal to teenagers, even if their formulations aren't much different than products intended for adults.

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Post 3

@pastanaga - To some extent I agree, but parents have to be careful not to go too far. I still remember that treatment that got into the news a few years ago where women were being encouraged to wax their prepubescent girl's legs so that the hair never grew in thick (who knew if it actually worked or not).

Making those kinds of choices for your children and causing them pain for no reason other than appearances is just plain wrong.

pastanaga
Post 2

@KoiwiGal - I would venture that ensuring your children develop the right habits when they are young is actually often the main point of encouraging them to do things like shower daily and brush their teeth. The mind is never as malleable again as it is when they are children and getting into these habits will help them over their whole life.

I only sporadically brushed my teeth when I was a kid because my parents never enforced it and I paid for it as an adult in dentist bills until I finally managed to get myself into a good routine.

KoiwiGal
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Don't use the excuse that your child is going to lose their baby teeth anyway to let them get away without brushing them. I've worked in schools where some of the children had poor oral hygiene and they suffer from it. It's not only the pain from toothache (which the parents can often ill-afford to get fixed) it's also the stigma from having bad breath or missing teeth. Teeth don't just grow in once the first one is gone, they grow whenever they were originally going to grow.

Often children's toothbrushes and toothpaste samples are given away for free and most places have extensive programs encouraging children to develop oral hygiene habits. Ask the school if you're not sure about what's available, or how to go about it, but don't make your child suffer for it.

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