They look bad and we often see it as a reflection of our parenting. Maybe your child refuses to put on deodorant or wash his face. Perhaps your daughter wears the same lived-in clothes every day and rarely brushes or shampoos her hair. This is a normal response. One of the most important things to consider about kids who have poor hygiene is that refusal to shower, bathe, or brush their teeth can sometimes be a symptom of depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, or another mental health issue. You want to rule out a physical or mental health issue.
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Dealing with a teen who refuses to shower can be embarrassing and confusing for parents. It can be hard for some teens to make the transition to treating their bodies more like adults, rather than kids. Discuss how physical changes, like increased perspiration and the emergence of body hair, means a daily shower is important. Explain to your teen that skin bacteria feed on sweat, which leads to body odor.
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Posted on August 16, April 14, Categories Family. By: Author Clarissa. Can we please talk for a moment about something serious?