The day before our daughter had sudden onset PANDAS, she suddenly had stinky armpits. She was 6 1/2. Not developing at all. Thin as a rail (pre-anorexic pandas!) I chalked it up to playing hard and let it go. Then PANDAS hit the next day and I had more to worry about than a little B.O.
Since then, the stinkiness disappeared, but seems to re-appear out of the blue every few months. Typically it seems to coincide with her fighting off some kind of infection, even just a runny nose. Since she still has no signs of early puberty, my best guess is that it’s her body trying to detox itself of the infection, and the first line of defense is through the skin. With that in mind, I’m definitely not going to put some chemical anti-perspirant / deoderant on her for the sake of appearances. However, I have found a great way to cut down on the stink, and still help her detox / sweat. We keep a jar of Redmond Clay in the cabinet for mosquito bites and what not, so I dumped a bit in a bowl and let her get some on her fingers and rub it under her arms. It absorbs the smell, and it’s job is to draw out toxins, so I think it’s a win-win. (We tried doing detox baths with it for a while, but it made such a mess of the tub! Epsom Salts are way easier!!)
I’ve heard other PANDAS mom’s complaining of B.O. in their kids, some as young as 3. In our American culture, we are much too quick to grab a tube of toxic chemical anti-perspirant rather than being a bit embarrassed by the occassional wiff of body odor. In our house, we choose to stink a bit and be healthier. Just think about sweat…and how God created our bodies to get the nasties out. Potty. Poopy. And Sweat. Try holding in your potty all day and see where that gets you. Same thing for anti-perspirant…the toxins have to go somewhere. I’d rather mine end up on my shirt than re-routed back inside my body to end up who knows where…. Just hold your nose when you give me a hug in August.
Oh, and one more thing, it seems like the healthier we eat, the less horribly our sweat smells. Or maybe I’m just getting used to it. 🙂
If only I had such a great reason to stop shaving my legs…
This blog is written by an anonymous mom. PANDAS disease is ugly. It’s practically unheard of, but it’s not rare. 1 in 200 kids has it. That’s right up there with childhood diabetes…but my pediatrician had never heard of it. This leads me to the question, how many kids out there are misdiagnosed, drugged for “behavioral issues”, OCD, schizophrenia, ADD, Autism, ADHD, Anorexic, or taken from their “bad” parents by well meaning doctors, teachers, and lawyers who don’t know about PANDAS. How many parents are searching for answers every night, in silent agony over losing their child, and have no one to talk to, no one who understands. This blog is for those parents. Those doctors. Those teachers. But mostly, it’s for those children. The ones with the fear in their eyes and the haunted look. The chapped and bloodied hands from washing incessantly. The lost childhood.
Lord, multiply this, share it with those who need it most. I don’t have time, or resources, or knowledge to get it into their hands. If it will bless them, let this reach them. In Jesus Name I pray for each hurting child. Amen.
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