Babies, so sweet and innocent and new. There’s something about the
scent of a newborn that makes you want to hold them extra close. As your
child’s younger years slowly turn into pubescence, however, that
sweet smell is inevitably replaced by less-than-pleasant body odor.
But smelly kids no more! There are steps to great hygiene that parents
can show children today for a clean (and great smelling!) tomorrow.
SMELL YA LATER
Even basic forms of hygiene are an essential part of a child’s development,
but it goes beyond hand washing. The importance of good hygiene is emphasized
as children enter puberty, typically
between the ages of eight and twelve.
One of the most common changes throughout this time occurs within the glands,
which can produce excess oil and perspiration. Ensuring your children
regularly clean their skin, combined with using deodorant or antiperspirant,
will help control the natural odor that occurs from the increase of sweat.
WHEN ACNE ATTACKS
While regular showers and twice-daily face washes help contain oily skin,
the rollercoaster of hormone levels inside their bodies can still make
your child prone to acne breakouts. Whether the case is mild
or severe, it’s important to explain to your children that everyone
experiences acne at some point in their lives. If your child is suffering
from severe acne, you can also discuss with your physician medications
that can help. (Mary Washington Dermatology is here to help!)
A LITTLE STEP GOES A LONG WAY
Perspiration is produced in the sweat glands of our body; as they become
more active, these glands secrete chemicals into the sweat that create
a strong odor in the armpits, as well as the feet and genitals.
Small steps children can take to combat body odor:
- Bathe or shower daily using a mild soap.
- Wear clean clothes, socks, and underwear each day.
- Switch to cotton or other natural materials to help absorb excess sweat
into t-shirts, socks and underwear.
- Use a deodorant or antiperspirant to fight extra sweat under the arms.
Teaching your children the benefits of good personal hygiene can also help
with their self-esteem, the passport to a lifetime of mental health and