Basic Health Care For Kids
Caring about the way you look is important to your self esteem (what you think about yourself). This topic gives you some ideas on looking your best. By the way, you don’t need to wear the latest designer clothing to look good. There are other things you can do which are much more important for your “image”.
Have you ever walked into a classroom full of kids when all the windows are closed?
According to the experts young kids may sweat but they don’t start having body odour (BO) until they reach puberty. That’s when special sweat glands under the arms and around the genitals roar into full production pouring out sweat which smells!
Even if you’re not heavily into puberty style sweating, clothes can get stained, dirty and generally grubby, so you need to change them often.
Underclothes are right next to your skin and collect dead skin cells, sweat and possibly other unmentionable stains. Overnight bacteria start to work on these stains so your clothes do not smell as nice on the second day of wearing.
Stay away from cigarette smoke as the smell will get into your clothes and hair. Ask your family not to smoke in the house or the car.
If you have to wear a school uniform then take it off as soon as you get home and hang it up to air before you wear it the next day.
You spend a lot of time on your feet and your shoes are very close to the place where a very large collection of sweat glands live – your feet!
Sweat gets into your shoes and then bacteria arrive which love the moist leather or fabric so much that they tell all their friends to come round and party!
- If you have one pair of shoes for school then try to get them off as soon as you get home so that they can air and dry out overnight. (As you get older somewhere outside the house is a good place!)
- If you have more than one pair then use them on alternate days to give them a better chance of drying out. They will look better, last longer and be less likely to smell.
- You should brush your teeth twice a day – after breakfast and before you go to bed.
- During the day, fill your mouth with water and swish it around to get rid of anything sticking to your teeth.