Sometimes kids stink – not their attitudes (although those can stink too) – they literally need a bath. Here are some quick solutions to ensure your child isn’t the stinky kid in class.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, kids aged 6 to 11 should bathe at least once or twice a week. If they’ve gotten dirty, gone for a swim, have become sweaty or stinky, then they should hop in the tub in addition to their normal bath time.
Tweens and teenagers should be encouraged to shower or bathe daily, and typically want to anyway. They should also wash their face twice a day to remove dirt and oil.
When it comes to body odor, is there a worse smell? Kids typically begin to get B.O. when they go through puberty, but can develop it before this stage too. It’s also important to note that many kids are entering puberty earlier than in years past. Consider giving your child a deodorant and antiperspirant before puberty strikes.
Today, shoes are made in all kinds of different materials, and many of them only make stinky feet worse. We have some tips when it comes to keeping those little piggies clean. Try spraying Lysol in the kids’ shoes each night, and leave shoes outside to air dry.
Shoes that can be washed should be – regularly. If your kids take a bath, try placing a few droops of tea tree oil or baking soda in the tub. Baking soda can also be sprinkled in their shoes. Finally, if they opt not to shower, have your kids wash their feet when they come in the house for the night.
A final note – if your child or teen refuses to bathe, it’s possible there may be an underlying problem, like depression. Talk to them about it.