I am the proud mother of a seven year old and am clinging on for dear life to maintain his status as “my baby.” But my only child is quickly growing up and although he will always be a baby in my eyes, he is quickly become a young man. I remember being told that time flies and to cherish these years. I do. But as I watch him grow, the 365 days of each year seem to go by quicker and quicker.
Which leads me to the truth that I want to keep at bay and I’m sure many of you with older children are already facing - puberty is on the horizon! As children get older that start to develop some odors (smelly armpits for the win) that are less than ideal.
So what to do? Well, I spoke to a pediatrician yesterday and was told that smelly armpits are not necessarily an indication of puberty. A child’s body is constantly changing and one who has smelly armpits one day may not have them on another. But if your child does have body odor here are a few options:
1. Be sure they are washing daily, with soap! This may seem obvious but kids are notorious for getting in the bath or shower and simply playing. Be sure to ask your child if they washed using soap, especially the smelly areas.
2. Purchase a deodorant. Add deodorant to the list of back to school items for your child. Not an antiperspirant designed to stop sweat, but simply an deodorant. You might have to a trial and error of sorts because not all deodorants work for every body!
3. With an older child, couple the deodorant with a body spray. For teens and even some tweens, having a “cologne” or “perfume” can help assist them with body odor.
Although these items are not classically considered for back to school, I think they are good to remember because body odor is never good. Back to school or otherwise!
Tell me, what types of soap and/or deodorants and body sprays do you use for your child? Have they been effective?