How to handle bad breath

How to handle bad breath

Alex, our agony aunt, is here to answer your questions, ease your doubts and help you make tough decisions.

Dear Alex

There's a kid in my class who has really bad breath. Everyone laughs at her behind her back and nobody wants to work in a group with her. I can see that she is very sad and lonely, but I don't know how to tell her about the breath.

Feeling helpless

 

Dear Feeling helpless,

There's no easy way to talk to people about personal hygiene issues - but you should be brave and do it anyway.

Ask to speak to her privately, break it to her gently, and also offer a solution: "Hey, I know sometimes people pick on you because of your breath, but don't worry, it happens to all of us.

"I'm sure you're sorting it out, but have you tried [mention your favourite mints]? I love them. They'd help keep those nasty girls off your back. At least, that's what I do."

Email your problems to yp@scmp.com, and watch for Alex's answers. And don't worry, you can remain anonymous.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Exam jitters and friends with bad reputations

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