My son came home from rugby last night and I suggested that he might want to get a shower as he'd been running around a lot. He whinged a bit but went anyway.
5 minutes later I went in the bathroom for something and THE ROOM STUNK!! I mean, it was actually nausiating. I had to leave as I was retching. It didn't smell like adult BO, it smelt like mould...generally unclean, fusty, sweaty...it was horrible.
And It wasn't just a case of sticking a nose under his arm pit and smelling it....the entire bathroom reeked.
As he;s coming up to 10, I assume his age may have a bit to do with it. I suggested that he might want to start showering every night and I have bought him some deodrant.
He hates the idea of showering every night. Is it unreasonable to ask him to?
perhaps you might also explicitly tell him where he needs to wash WITH SOAP...I've found with an older DD that I had to explain it's not enough to get wet, she needs to apply soap to assorted parts and rinse it off. However, I'd avoid deodorant: all it does is mask smells creating a peculiar chemical reaction between stale dirt and whatever they put in the deodorant... he'll just end up as a Lynx boy and you really will be gagging then!
Also, make him shower in the morning as it'll wake him up... then if he needs to wash again, he'll have 2 showers a day... future women will thank you for it
I was letting my 9yo wash his own hair...then I realised it was nice and soft on top, but yukky round the sides. He was obviously only plonking the shampoo on top!
So yesterday, after swimming, I opened the door to the mens changing room and yelled in
"...and wash your hair properly."
Now, when you go in to the ladies changing room you have to walk quite far and round a corner, before you get to the changing area. The mens is different...I think I quite suprised some poor naked bloke.
I would be a bit concerned if he smelled as strongly as that - or was it his clothes? Are you sure he hasn't got some sort of fungal infection in his feet, for example? My dd is 12 ans she sometimes pongs a bit after spending hours in a lycra leotard - but I've never actually had to evacuate the bathroom!
DS1 has to have a shower every day or it is really vile. He has now just about got used to the idea but will still take any opportunity (like a week away with the school) to get out of having one.
The problem now is DD who is not yet 7 but who also needs a bath or a shower every day. However she is often so tired by bathtime that the resulting tantrum makes me reconsider just buying a peg for my nose. But I think of the teachers and her fellow pupils and soldier on through, tantrum and all.
We insist our boys (11 & 9) shower every day. They do not get a choice in the matter
I did do the sniff test on DS1's school polo shirt the other day to see if I could get a second day out of it - no, so I produced some manly deodrant for him to use (whether he is using it or not is a different matter), but he generally smells ok.
DS2 is sooooo different, his bedroom smells like a tarts boudior - whatever body spray and deodrant DH uses, then so does he, before school and before bed
I would never make my boys shower every day as they were both prone to excema when younger and bathing/showering daily isn't good for them as a routine. They both do have to wash very thoroughly though on the days when they don't shower.