We appreciate that body odor can be a sensitive and awkward subject, (especially to kids who are experiencing puberty), so we want to help you understand a little more by providing you with some key information in a clear and concise way.
We do hope this section is useful, but if you do have further concerns there are many medical online resources that will provide you with a more extensive response and your GP will always be happy and willing to discuss any further questions that you may have.
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What is body odor?
Body odor is caused by a natural process involving sweat that occurs on the skin’s surface. Sweat by itself doesn’t smell, but if left on the skin the bacteria that normally live there feed on it and break it down. This process releases chemicals that cause the unpleasant smell.
Why do we sweat?
The human body has an ideal temperature range and has a number of systems to try and prevent it becoming overheated or becoming too cold. Sweating is a process used by the body to keep itself from overheating. Sweat is produced in special glands in your skin, called simply…sweat glands. This sweat leaves your skin through tiny holes called pores. When the sweat hits the air, the air makes it evaporate (this means it turns from a liquid to a vapor). As the sweat evaporates off your skin, you cool down.
What is sweat made from?
Sweat is made almost completely of water, with very small amounts of other elements including ammonia, urea, salts and sugar.
Does everyone sweat?
Yes, it’s totally normal and everybody sweats.
At what age do kids start experiencing body odor?
It will vary, body odor occurs as a result of sweating and sweating will first occur when your child starts puberty. Before the onset of puberty the sweat glands aren’t active. In fact, body odor is an earlier indicator that your child is maturing into puberty.
The onset of puberty varies for child to child but it may start at young at 8 years old and as late as 14. Interestingly recent medical studies have discovered that the average age for the beginning of puberty is now 10 years, down from 14½ in the early 1920s (due to environment & social changes and dietary improvements).
Should I be concerned about Body Odor in Children?
As a child matures and reaches puberty, their hormones begin to change and they naturally begin to develop the bacteria that cause body odor. However, if you remain concerned then please contact your GP.
How can I reduce the body odor smell?
Below are several steps and tips on how to eliminate body odor
- Be sure to shower or bathe daily. Use proper body cleansing agents such as soap or shower gel and ensure you scrub your armpits, groin and feet where there are many sweat producing glands.
- Change your clothes, including undergarments and socks, daily. Wash underwear after each use, and other clothes at least when they get dirty, sweaty, or when they do not smell clean.
- Adjust your diet/lifestyle. Body odor is directly linked to the waste products of your body’s digestion. What you eat has a large effect on how you smell. If you eat bad quality, unhealthy food, your digestion will reflect that, and you will excrete those bad smells. Try to avoid fast food, fried foods and any other.