My 14 year old daughter Cindy has body odor. I can smell this from 2 feet away. She doesn’t have many friends and I wonder if this could be the reason. I have encouraged her to bathe more often but I can still smell the odor. What can I do to help her?
Sometimes kids will wear the same clothes for long periods of time without putting them in the wash (for instance bras or a favorite shirt). She probably can’t smell the odor herself so you might want to check to see if this is the problem. If you find that this is happening, you could duplicate her favorites and make sure she is changing often.
This is a difficult age for kids as they want to assert their independence but push her to take a daily bath and use deodorant. You could encourage her by letting her pick out her own soap and deodorant.
If the odor that you are smelling doesn’t seem to be the usual odor related to sweat, she could have a vaginal infection. If you suspect that this could be the problem then a trip to the doctor will be necessary. This might be a good time for an appointment with a gynecologist.