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We have a 3-month old baby who just started daycare. One of the
teachers that handles/carries her on a regular basis has bad
body odor and/or perfume. Our baby comes home each day with the
teacher's body odor in her hair, on her body, and on her
clothes, and eventually on us! Changing my baby's clothes and
giving her a sink bath every evening have not helped. Any
advice? We don't want to offend anyone, but it is becoming
Up in Arms Parent
Prepare an anonymous letter to the director of the school,
stating exactly what you just said. I worked with someone that
this was a problem with once. Finally a parent said something,
the directors said whatever they did to her, and it was never an
issue again. You're not in the wrong, do what you need to do.
This would bother me too. I once turned down an otherwise
excellent babysitter because she reeked of garlic. I just
knew it would drive me crazy to smell that on my kid. I
would say something to the director. We had an issue
at my office with someone (a lawyer!) and the HR person
had to deal with it. People were laughing at her behind her
back because she smelled so bad. Really, you will be
doing the person a favor by speaking up. I'm sure you
are not the only person who has a problem with this.
yuck. find another day care provider, just say you found
someone closer, cheaper whatever but there are so many choices
out there, find another day care.
My office moved to a new location and I have new cubicle
neighbors. My cubicle neighbors don't bathe often and their body
odor permeates my cubicle. I did a Web search and this topic is
discussed everywhere but I could not find solutions. I don't
want to move desks, and I don't expect them to change how often
they choose to bathe just for me. I acknowledge that there are
many different reasons people don't bathe everyday. So is there
anything I can use to neutralize the odor but not perfume up the
air too much? I don't want to trigger anyone's allergies, so I
was thinking of a drop of lavendar oil on a tissue? Some lightly
scented potpourri? Any ideas?
Speak to your boss!
You are not the only one affected by this odor I am sure.
Have no other co-workers mentioned it?
Just as if someone were smoking, wearing too much cologne or
perfume, or had bad breath, body odor needs to be addressed and
Regardless of the person's bathing habits/beliefs/needs - they
are now out in the world and need to be aware that they impact
Sensitive nose knows!
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