Let’s talk about our stinky kids!
As kids get older they start to develop new odours along with a growing reluctance to bathe properly or let you do it for them!
Some lingering odours and ways to manage your stinky kids are:
As early as 8yrs old, children start going through the beginning stages and signs of puberty.
The adrenal glands start to get more active increasing the sweat production under the armpits and in the groin area – the more sweat, the more bacteria, the more pongy the smell!
Daily Management: be subtle with hygiene hints (self consciousness comes hand in hand with puberty!), suggest a natural, foaming body wash and cool body scrubber.
An all natural body deodorant may help for stronger, lingering body odour.
All of us wake up with unpleasant breath – the result of bacteria accumulating in the mouth all night long. Sometimes with kids, this bad breath lingers through out the day often when they have colds or allergies.
Smelly breath that persists throughout the day is most often the result of mouth breathing, drying out the mouth allowing bacteria to fester.
Daily Management: encourage children to brush their teeth carefully for at least 2 minutes in the morning after breakfast and before bed each night.
It is common for active kids to have smelly feet – the more their feet sweat particularly in shoes that are prone to getting air, the more odour-producing bacteria grows.
Daily Management: Specialists recommend wearing cotton socks to absorb moisture and wearing shoes made from canvas, leather or mesh to allow feet to breathe.
Changing shoes every day allows shoes to dry out.
Wash feet carefully with an antibacterial soap and dry thoroughly (to avoid fungal growth and skin issues).
The scalp is prone to sweating too and children may develop stale, musty smelling hair.
Daily Management: washing hair with an all-natural and/or antibacterial body wash or shampoo containing lavender and peppermint may help to eliminate bacteria and lingering unpleasant smells.
Farting & Burping
Kids often find farts and burps amusing however lingering stinky smells aren’t so amusing!
Daily management: tweaking kid’s diet will limit the amount of gas and stink they are producing – avoid gum-chewing, soft drinks, beans and cruciferous veggies (like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower).
General management for all stinky issues may be managed through diet too.
Do encourage your children to:
- Drink plenty of water each day to help eliminate toxins and reduce the chances of body odour.
- Avoid processed foods and refined sugar which impairs good digestion, impedes proper cell function and clogs skin pores trapping toxins.
- Include aromatic herbs especially ones with chlorophyll like parsley and coriander as these can counteract body odour.
- Increase intake of green leafy vegetables and other plant based foods (like fruit, vegetables, legumes) for their natural, detoxifying effects.
- Consume prebiotic and probiotic foods such as kefir, kimchi, yoghurt to help restore good intestinal bacteria and to aid digestion.
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