Perspiration and bad odor in childhood & adolescence: should you worry about it?
Play, sports, activities… their energy is inexhaustible, and their sweaty clothes do clearly confirm it. One of the main causes of sweating for kids and teenagers is vigorous exercise, just as it happens with adults. In fact, as we enter the summer period and the temperature rises, this “phenomenon” becomes even more intense.
Sweat secretion is a completely normal process of the organism that regulates body temperature -that is, helps the body to cool down, thus, avoiding overheating- while also expelling various useless substances.
But what happens when their perspiration is accompanied by bad odor? Is it normal?
Body odor in children is normal and usually begins in early adolescence (around the age of 8) when the first hormonal changes occur. Generally, body odors firstly appear in children when their armpits’ apocrine glands are activated.
What causes body odor?
Sweat is almost odorless, despite the misconception that body odors are caused by sweat. In fact, the unpleasant odor is caused by bacteria that are excreted through perspiration and remain on the skin surface.
What can you do?
Surely, you cannot limit your children’s daily activities nor can you regulate the production of sweat. Though, you can deal with the bad odors caused by perspiration, following the advice below:
– Make sure they take a bath or shower every day, paying special attention to the areas with sweat glands, such as armpits.
For some children, though, especially those that are extremely active, a bath is not enough to prevent body odors throughout the day.
– Therefore, supply a specifically formulated deodorant for kids and teenagers, that does not contain alcohol or aluminum compounds.
Try MACROVITADeodorants Roll-onAqua and Coralfor kids & teens that fully respect the normal flora of their skin. With gentle composition and up to 92% ingredients of natural origin, they offer deodorant protection and a feeling of freshness, without preventing natural perspiration (essential for the body).
– Moreover, make sure they wear clean and dry clothes, choosing mainly cotton fabrics. Besides, it is not rare for them to wear their favorite clothes permanently, when parents do not pay the necessary attention!
– Finally, focus on the foods they consume daily. Piquant foods, potent spices, and certain foods, such as garlic and onion, may contribute to the strong odor of their skin.
If despite your efforts the desirable effect is not achieved, then it is advisable to consult a pediatrician.