Body and foot odour
- Chemicals made by the body. ‘Sexual’ chemicals such as pheromones begin to be produced and secreted through sweat once puberty begins. While everyone sweats, it’s not until he hits puberty, that your child’s sweat will begin to smell.
- Chemicals the body is getting rid of.
- Bacteria on the skin and clothes – which is why regular washing of both skin and clothes is important for controlling body odour.
- Deodorants have antibacterial ingredients to kill the bacteria that cause body odour. Antiperspirants stop the body from producing sweat.
While deodorant and antiperspirant can help control body odour, they can only do so much – daily washing is the best way to control body odour. Discourage your child liberally spraying deodorant on as a way of covering up bad smells, as bad smells + deodorant can be more oppressive than having the bad smells on their own!
There’s nothing quite like the whiff of stinky socks and shoes to remind you that you have growing children in the house!
There are more sweat glands on our feet than on any other part of our bodies, and considering we keep our feet closed up inside shoes for a lot of each day, it’s no wonder that our feet can be the smelliest part of our bodies.
- If your child has only one pair of shoes for school, encourage him to take them off as soon as he gets home so that they can air and dry out overnight. If they’re really smelly, perhaps suggest that they can air outside the back door!
- Teach your child to care for his shoes. By brushing, polishing or washing his shoes, not only will they last longer and look better, but they’re also less likely to be smelly.
- Your child should wash his feet well at least once a day.
- Make sure that he dries them carefully, especially between the toes where more bacteria can collect than anywhere else on his skin. If he puts wet feet straight into socks and shoes, he will risk getting a fungal infection such as tinea.
If your child swims a lot at a public pool or often uses public showers, make sure that he wears thongs in all wet areas, as it’s extremely easy to pick up fungal infections or viruses such as warts, in these places.
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