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Taking Care of Your Body: Answers for Boys With Autism

Why Do I Need to Take Care of My Body?

Learning how to take care of your body is part of growing up. As you get older, your body will change as you become a man. This is called puberty. During puberty, you will get:

These changes will happen slowly. You will have to learn new routines to keep yourself clean and healthy.

What Should I Do Every Day?

To stay smelling fresh and clean, you should:

What About Shaving?

As the hair grows on your face, you may want to shave it. Ask a parent or other trusted adult how to use a razor.

It may take time to get used to how it feels to shave. Electric razors are noisy and might tickle a little. Other razors are sharp and can cut you if you are not careful. Be careful when using a razor.

What If I Have an Erection, Ejaculation, or Wet Dream?

All boys have erections, ejaculations, and wet dreams. They are normal and part of growing up.

If you wake up in the morning and your underwear and sheets are wet and sticky, you had a wet dream. Take off your dirty underwear and pajamas. Remove your dirty sheets. Wash yourself and put on clean underwear and clothes.

What Kind of Underwear Should I Wear?

Choose underwear that is comfortable for you.

Some boys like boxer shorts because they are easy to put on and take off. Other boys like briefs because they feel more supported when walking, running, or jumping around.

Try different kinds of underwear until you find the ones that are right for you.

This Feels Like a Lot to Learn! How Can I Remember?

Having a new daily routine may take some getting used to. Here are some fun ways to remember what to do:

Be Prepared!

Be prepared each day by making special kits with all the supplies you need for taking care of yourself. Make a kit for your morning routine that has soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, and a brush for your hair. You can have another kit with all your shaving supplies.

Ask your mom or dad to help you put your kits together. Choose things that you like. If you don't like the smell or the feel of some of the supplies, you can always go back to the store to buy something different. You have many choices. Pick whatever is best for you.

Date reviewed: December 2017

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