So, I have a certain son who is 12, and, uh...he really smells most of the time, including right after a shower. And he has for a few years now. I've sent DH in with him several times to demonstrate the proper way to scrub in the shower, I've bought special deodorant/anti-bacterial/24hour bodywashes, and I've hounded him about the use of deodorant until I'm blue in the face, but he still smells. And I know he wears the deodorant because I've seen the stuff caked under his arms.
I talked to my son's doctor about it wondering if it could be some kind of weird hormonal thing (you know, aside from good old fashioned puberty), or maybe something else and he just shrugged and said some kids are stinkier than others.
I also mentioned it to my MIL and she laughed and told me my husband stunk really bad as a teenager too. (Really? 'Cause if I'd known that it could have been a dealbreaker.)
I know I have a pretty sensitive sense of smell, but this kid makes my eyes water sometimes, and I feel bad saying it, but yeah, it's embarrassing.
I hate to keep pointing it out to him, but I want him to be aware of it, yet I don't want to wreck his self esteem if it's really something out of his control, you know?
So, can anyone tell me, in your experience, is this pretty normal? I don't have any brothers, so all this boy stuff is still new to me. Will it calm down as he goes through puberty? How would you handle it?