and wet dreams. An
erection is when your penis gets bigger and harder. If a sticky liquid called semen
comes out of your penis, it is called an ejaculation. If you ejaculate at night in
your sleep, it is called a wet dream.
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:
Put on clean underwear and clothes every day.
Wash your hands and
face every day with soap and water. Use a towel to dry off.
Take a shower or bath by yourself. You can wash all your body parts and your hair.
Use deodorant every day. This will make your underarms less sweaty and stinky.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day. This will help prevent
bad breath and cavities.
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
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:
Make a schedule so you know when to wash your face, shave, or take a shower.
Use a picture chart or list that tells the steps for getting washed in the morning.
Put numbers on the supplies you use, like soap, shampoo, and deodorant, so you
know what to use first and what comes next.
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.