Point out that cotton clothes may absorb sweat better than other materials. Altmann says that at around age 10, it makes sense for your teen to start washing his or her face twice a day.
"Plenty of kids don't have any acne problems at that age, but getting in the habit early is smart," Altmann says.
That sort of bad rep can be hard to shake and damaging to self-esteem.
So as a parent, it's your job to help your kids and explain the teen hygiene basics. How can you give your preteen daughter responsibility for her own hygiene? "Most elementary school kids don't shower every day, and they don't need to," says Tanya Remer Altmann, MD,a pediatrician and author of Mommy Calls and The Wonder Years. Some teens may prefer to skip days to prevent their hair from drying out.
While it's possible that dating violence could cause thoughts of suicide, it's also possible that children who are depressed are more likely than others to fall into abusive relationships, says Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston who was not involved in the new study.
Teens who have experienced dating violence are at much higher risk for a variety of serious problems.
"A lot of teens really have that sweaty sock syndrome," says Charles Wibbelsman, MD, chairman of the Chiefs of Adolescent Medicine for Kaiser Permanente of Northern California and co-author of The Teenage Body Book.
As soon as puberty hits and the hormones start flowing, a preteen's hygiene requirements change dramatically in many ways.
For example, they're more than twice as likely as others to consider suicide.
Boys who have faced dating violence are nearly four times as likely to have been bullied online; girls are more than twice as likely.