When your child enters puberty , everything changes. In addition to mood swings and menstruation, changes in hormones cause increased sweating, which sometimes means an increase or change in your child’s body odor.
The distinctive odor you notice emanating from your preadolescence is associated with adrenochemistry, which is the medical term for the bodily changes experienced by preadolescence, including the adrenal glands becoming more active. In fact, perspiration increases in the tweens, especially in the armpit and groin areas, as their glands mature and are stimulated by hormones.
Use these changes in your body as a teaching opportunity.
This increase in body odor can be a social burden for preadolescents who are already self-aware and afraid to stand out from the crowd. At the same time, they may not always realize that they have a personal hygiene problem. If your child is not always the most hygienic, there are ways to encourage him improving hygiene practices and reduces body odor. Here are some tactics that should help you.
She’s taking a bath
Younger children can go a day or two without a shower or bath and no one, except their mother and father, will know. But if your teen misses the opportunity to clean up, friends, teachers, and other family members will definitely notice. Make sure your child takes a bath or shower daily. If you exercise or sweat excessively, we recommend taking a shower twice a day.
Take time to show your child how to properly clean his head from head to toe, including under his arms and in the groin or pelvis.
Make sure you rub your feet and back as well. A back washer will help them get to areas they can’t reach on their own.
To encourage your child to take a shower or bathe, take them shopping so they can choose soaps, shampoos, and other products they would like to use. Involving them in the process, they are more likely to get excited about constant bathing.
Your child’s clothes may look clean, but if they ran from class to class or sweated a lot on the way home from school, their clothes might not be as clean as you think. Clothing can harbor bacteria that produce odors, so keep it clean.
Show your pre-teens how to sort clothes by color, use the washing machine and dryer, and fold clean clothes before putting them on. The extra responsibility and additional homework will bring him long-term benefits, especially when he is heading to college.
At some point in adolescence, you will have to put your baby in deodorants or antiperspirants. Antiperspirants minimize perspiration, which can reduce body odor. Deodorants and antiperspirants come in a variety of fragrances, so let your child choose one he likes.
If your child has sensitive skin, an antiperspirant or fragrance-free deodorant may be the best option.
It is perfectly fine for your child to apply deodorant or antiperspirant again before or after Gym , sports or other physical activities. Keep a deodorant stick at home and have your child keep one at school in the gym closet. And if you play sports, throw a deodorant stick in your gear bag. You should reapply deodorant before your workout to keep odors at bay.
Consider the legs
Tweens are famous for running in sneakers or shoes without the benefit of socks. Although they can be comfortable, walking without socks is a recipe for foot odor.
Look for 100% cotton socks or socks made of materials that breathe or remove moisture or perspiration.
From time to time, check your child’s shoes to see if it’s time to throw them in the washing machine. Or deodorize them with baby powder, baking soda or shoe deodorant spray. Shoe inserts for deodorizing coal also help reduce odors.
Limit spicy foods
If your teen seems to have a body odor problem despite wearing deodorant and good hygiene, you may want to try to limit your intake of spicy foods. Foods such as garlic, onions and fish can increase body odor in some children. Even the consumption of large amounts of red meat has been linked to increased body odor. .
Consider reducing the frequency of these foods or looking for suitable substitutes for them.
Drinking plenty of water will also help you eliminate the toxins that cause odors in your body. Also, chlorophyll from green leafy vegetables can be a natural cleanser, so ask your child to eat spinach, cabbage and arugula if he wants.
Talk to a doctor
Sometimes a child’s characteristic odor is caused by a condition. For example, there are some genetic metabolic diseases that can cause body odor in children, such as trimethylaminuria, also known as fish odor syndrome. People with this condition cannot break down trimethylamine, a chemical compound that has a pungent odor.
Other diseases and conditions can also cause a distinct odor, such as diabetes, kidney problems, or liver or inflammation.Meanwhile, excessive sweating could be caused by hyperhidrosis, which occurs in 1% to 3% of the population for no apparent reason. However, there are times when hyperhidrosis is caused by a basic medical condition, such as hyperthyroidism or stress-related conditions. .
Although the chances of your child’s body odor being caused by a underlying condition are small, you may want to tell your doctor about odors and sweating. You should especially approach if you notice that your child has an excessive body odor or has a distinct odor before the age of 8 years.
A word from Verywell
Having a preadolescent with a body odor that is difficult to control can be stressful for parents. In addition to unpleasant odors, you may be concerned about social issues such as risk of harassment if you can’t control the smell.
If you have tried the tips in this article and your child is practicing good hygiene, we recommend that you talk to your child’s doctor to see if he or she can recommend certain products or to determine if there is a medical condition that is responsible for the odor. With proper treatment, most body odors can be kept away.