Puberty can cause a lot of changes to a child’s body as a part of the transformation into adulthood. Sweating and body odors are a part of that process. As a parent, your job now is to help your child to deal with it with some simple hygiene tips below.
Sweat and body odors
Many children do not shower every day, especially boys. However, when puberty comes, kids seem to sweat more than usual. While fresh sweat does not smell, it can build up on their skin or clothing. This is a chance for bacteria to thrive and cause the distinct body odor smell. So, daily showering and changing clothes will be necessary. The following personal hygiene routine may work for your kid:
−Take a shower at least once a day. You can recommend them to use a mild soap with warm water and focus on the face, hands, feet, underarms, groin, and bottom, especially the hairy parts such as the armpits or groin where there are many sweat-producing glands in which bacteria grow quickly.
−Wear clean clothes every day, including socks and underwears. Also, you could buy cotton clothes for your kid. This material will help absorb sweat more effectively.
−Use a deodorant or antiperspirant. Deodorants will get rid of the odor by covering it up while antiperspirants stop or dry up the perspiration. They are available in the form of gels, sprays, and creams. You can buy them at the drugstore or supermarket.
−Change the bed linen every week to make sure it’s clean and clear. Also, wash it with hot water to kill bacteria and other germs.
When puberty comes, sweat glands and oil secretions make your kid’s hair greasy, shiny, oily and lank. Washing hair every day to control oily hair. You can recommend your kid to do these following steps:
−Wash with a gentle shampoo and clean water.
−Massage gently to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and excess oil. Do not scrub too hard because it could damage the skin.
−Use “oil-free” products.
Similar to hair, your kid’s skin can be affected by the change in their hormone levels. It could lead to greasy skin, clogged pores, pimples, and acne. You should give them some mini-tips to deal with it.
−Keep their skin clean by washing it gently twice a day.
−Rinse off the soap or cleanser with warm water and dry the skin with a clean dry towel.
−Try not to squeeze the pimples and only touch the face with clean hands.
−Wash their towel regularly.
Teens sometimes are too lazy to brush their teeth at night. It not only leads to tooth decay but also makes their breath smell bad. So, brushing and flossing teeth every day are an important thing that should make be a habit of your kid.
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Review Date: May 3, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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