Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When Your Kid Starts to Stink

Have you ever had a mystery smell invade your home? One that, for the life of you, you just can't put your finger on? One that seems to come and go, and that doesn't seem to bother anyone else as much as you?


The last few weeks, that elusive smell has been growing. Like a bloodhound with a vendetta, I finally sniffed out the source - my nine year old son.



I was really surprised to find out that body odor kicked in this early. While I don't really remember the moment when I started using deodorant, I'm pretty sure it wasn't so early. In doing my research, I learned that it is fairly common for kids to start having B.O. between 8-10 years old. Seems crazy, right?


Luckily, the start of body odor doesn't necessarily mean that puberty is happening. What it does mean, however, is that my little boy is growing up. He needs to start showering more and wearing deodorant. Of course, what that really means is that I need to remind him every morning, until he gets in the habit.

It's time to sit down and have a 'Health and Your Body' type of talk with him. We need to discuss what changes his body is going to be going through in the next few years. Will it be awkward? Yes. It's always awkward when your mom talks to you about where you'll be growing hair next. Just like with the sex talk Mostly Together Dad and I had with him a few weeks ago, he is going to want to bury his head in the sand and pretend we aren't dropping a knowledge bomb on him. He'll deal with it, though, and be better informed and prepared when strange things start to happen to his body.


If you have a child that is around the same age, start doing your research. Start thinking about what you are going to say when your kids have questions. When they have questions (and you can be sure they will!), you want to be ready with some answers, rather than randomly spluttering, "I don't know, go ask your Dad!"

Parents of girls - your job is even harder. Someday, you are going to have to explain to them that they are going to bleed once a month for at least several days, without stopping. I'm dreading it with my own little girls. I can already see, in my mind's eye, the horrified look that my little Shari is going to have. She freaks out at the sight of blood. She's six now. I think I'll just go ahead and live in denial for a few more years....

10 comments:

  1. Nine years old for the deodorant/shower talk does seem young. I can remember my son having the need for better hygeine. I could have given him the "talk" monthly. His desire to shower more often took a long time to kick in. By then, he also needed the launder your clothes (and wear the clean ones) instruction. But even still, we love our boys, don't we!

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  2. LOL! Weird how each child is so different. At my children's school - once they are about 10, all the children must take deodorant to school overnight fieldtrips. I don't smell BO on my son - he's now 12 - but, I do get a whiff of that stinky, wet-dog smell if he's been out running around for a while. Maybe the ones that smell earlier than others have high Candida rates? Like, maybe they have some sort of fungus / yeast type overgrowth?

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  3. Thank you for the memories, I remember when my older son started needing deodorant and having a talk with him, about growing up, It is hard but it is something that needs to be done. and boys need to learn early about the importance of keeping clean and wearing clean underclothes...lol

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  4. I'll live in denial with you, I'm dreading the day I have to have "the talk" with my daughter.

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    1. lol! We should form a club! We can hang out and talk about how our children will stay that way forever!

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  5. I have two girls and I am also dreading the day to have the talk with them. They are not aloud to grow up! They just need to stay my babies forever!

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  6. One of my girlfriends has four boys, the 9 and 8 year olds are both having the same stink issues. I've been sniffing out Bug to see if she's having that issue and nothing yet. I wonder if boys start earlier? I can't believe he's smelling up the place already!!! Seems like just yesterday he was crawling around banging his head into the couch while Bug licked the walls hahahahaaha!!!!

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  7. Crazy, isn't it? I think kids in general are starting to hit these stages earlier - probably all the hormones in our food. :/

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  8. Boys are smelly. Wait til the early teens when you want to douse their entire room in deodorant. Teens are just as bad if not worse. But it all changes when there is a girl in the picture, then they notice the stink, and you find them waking up earlier than you could have ever imagined to shower and get everything right before walking out the door. Too funny!

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    1. I live in fear of the teen years. Not only have I heard some doozies of horror stories, but I remember how I was as a teen! *shudder*

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