One of the most common things a mother worries about is how her kids smell. You probably have baby powder, a bottle of cologne, and several sets of clothing in your bag to make sure your children smell nice all day.
Moms use them constantly to avoid that “amoy pawis” or “amoy araw” smell. Sweating is normal, especially during your kids’ formative years, but aside from fanning them or changing their clothes, here are other ways you can prevent that “amoy pawis” smell:
1. Keep them hydrated.
It’s a common misconception that to keep your kids from smelling bad, you need to simply focus on their hygiene. While it’s good to teach your kids the basics, it’s important to help them understand their bodies as well.
If you have little children who love running around, they probably have the usual "amoy pawis" smell of sweat and dirt. But if your child is age 9 and up, you’ll notice a more pronounced body odor even when they’re not active. This is because of normal skin bacteria, plus increased hormonal activity in the body. The activation of the adrenal gland also has a lot to do with the smell—experts call it “adrenarche.”
In both cases, make sure your children are hydrated. Water can help control their body temperatures, particularly during warm weather. Keeping them hydrated will help minimize body odor, as well as help prevent dehydration and dry skin.
2. Dress them comfortably.
Loose shirts made of cotton and other natural fibers are a good choice as these are much cooler than acrylic fabrics. Remember that smaller and younger kids easily feel too cold or too hot. Choosing the proper attire for your kids will also help in making sure they can move easily.
3. Avoid playing in direct sunlight.
Particularly not from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest and harshest. UV exposure is likely to be greatest during this time, too. Teach your kids to follow the “shadow rule,” which means that if their shadow is short, they should look for shade to avoid the sun. You can also pick an indoor play area where your kids can run and play. Go to certain establishments—like malls and other activity centers—that have indoor playgrounds for kids.
4. Wash their clothes properly.
Never let any stain dry on your kids’ clothes as they can ruin the garment or harbor bacteria. Remove any bits of the stain and rinse the garment in cold water. Spray the stained area with a mild soap solution and rinse. For tougher stains, soak the garment overnight. Don’t take your family’s beddings and blankets for granted either. Wash them at least once every two weeks.
Make sure you also use the right amount and right kind of laundry detergent and fabric conditioner. Try Downy, which helps keep your family smelling fresh for up to 24 hours, through its In-Wear Quick Dry Technology. It helps distribute sweat on the clothes, which means one thing: "Bilis alis ang pawis." This helps prevent any bacteria or smell from lingering on the fabric. Watch this video to find out how it works:
Let your kids be kids. The best thing you can do is to give them proper nutrition for their active lives and clothe them with well-maintained garments that can keep away bad odor.