I'm asking this on behalf of my friend, whose 8 year old daughter has a body odor problem. It's primarily her feet that stink all the time, but she will also sometimes have a funk all over. She's only 8, so I'm thinking that once she hits puberty it's only going to get worse. They've tried all of the obvious things like making sure she wears socks with her shoes, bathes every day, changes her socks every day, deodorizes her shoes, etc., but none of that has even come close to controlling it. She's very self-conscious about it.
An ex-bf of mine used to also have a body odor problem (also centered on his feet), and he used to be very hyper-active, overly talkative (the type of person that just lets things spill out of his mouth without any kind of censoring), and ate a steady stream of sugary junk food and diet soda. I bring this up because my friends' daughter is the same - she's very hyper, talks constantly and speaks without thinking, and eats a steady stream of sugary foods (though her parents limit her access to really junky junk). No one else in the family is like the 8 year old - they have a 13 daughter who is calm, controlled, and not stinky, and the parents are funk-free as well. I'm thinking there is some kind of link between my ex's and the 8 year old's personalities, diets, and body odor problems.
Does anyone know of any links between diet and body odor? Is there some kind of hormonal/chemical imbalance that causes excessive funkiness? Does anyone else have body odor problems that they think were caused or cured by diet? Anyone have any suggestions that I can relay to my friend so she can help her daughter out?
asked bykillerbee (793)
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on March 04, 2012
at 03:13 AM
My daughter had the same problem when she was 10 and playing competitive soccer. What happened was she had a bacterial overgrowth on her feet. I had to make sure she washed her feet with antibacterial soap then make sure her feet were very dry. I had her go barefoot as much as possible. I also made her rotate her shoes so they could air out. As far as diet goes, too much yeast and sugar can contribute to bacterial growth, so your friend may want to eliminate that from her diet until her problem is solved.
on March 04, 2012
at 03:38 AM
One thing that bacteria really like is sugar. So if a kid eats tons of sugar, she's feeding the bacteria and it's reproducing. When bacteria dies on your skin, it stinks. That's why sweaty old shoes smell, because of the bacteria in them.
If it were me I'd try changing her diet. If that didn't work, I'd take her to see a doctor so they could run some tests on her. Some metabolic disorders can cause weird body odors too.
on March 04, 2012
at 03:24 AM
Bathing every day may make her odor problem even worse. Once every other day is enough. Soaking the feet in white vinegar and adding baking soda to the shoes help eliminate the fungi that is causing the odor. I think diet has a lot to do with what comes out of our skin as well. I've been going steady paleo for a while and the eczema and acne I had stopped. Then, I forgot to eat for a while, got really hungry, and gave in to instant ramen and some sugary drinks. I began itching having bumps on my skin again within a few hours.
on May 05, 2012
at 06:51 PM
Without knowing the smell, the only body odor issue I am aware of is Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) I'll include the Wiki -
If they have not already, anti-persperant, not deodorant can help to keep the smell at bay as well as certain food deletions. Good luck with finding your answer. Truth.