Dealing With Body Odor & Your Child

Has this topic come up for you and your child?  It can be a very delicate situation as you need to address the issue, but you don't want to make your child feel bad about themselves.

We've had to broach the topic in the past and so I compiled some resources and tips that you might find helpful if you have to attack this subject.   Alternatively, try to fight off body odor before it starts by talking about the subject before it has a chance to start.

A few notes I took from the articles, as well a a few personal ideas I came up with—– we are working on improving hygiene…….
  • use deodorant
  • wipe/wash armpits and privates as needed throughout the day
  • get a quick dusting of baby powder across the body
  • drink lots of water
  • shower daily
  • eat a balanced diet
  • brush teeth at least twice daily, including the tongue
  • Show children from head to toe how to clean themselves (hold a Mom-inar, or just impromptu while you they are bathing; especially the armpits, privates, feet, and hair
  • Keep clothes clean, wash them regularly as this could be a big factor as well (in addition to hormones)
  • Wash shoes regularly, wear socks. Freshen shoes up with baby powder or baking soda; set a day weekly to check or wash shoes
  • Set a regular day every month or two weeks for shaving
  • Make hygiene checkpoints at the prayer times where everyone freshens up, checks personal appearance, and cleans up the house

On the Related Topic of Deodorant

  • The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirants  - “Most people think that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing, but they aren’t. Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with powerful astringents such as aluminum salts so that they can’t release sweat. (Note that aluminum can accumulate in the brain.) Deodorants work by neutralizing the smell of the sweat and by antiseptic action against bacteria. Deodorants are preferable because they don’t interfere with sweating, a natural cooling process.’
  • Deodorant Clip Art (stick) (for lapbooks or worksheets, etc).

Educational Activities

  • After learning about deodorant, make a trip to store to pick out very first deodorant.
  • Make your own homemade deodorant (scroll down)
  • Compare deodorants at the store and determine the best buy or best product for your needs.
  • Research the ingredients in your deodorant and their functions

original post date: 8/16/10

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