My friend's 12yr old has awful body odor daily. She is a clean child and it's not caused due to extra activities, it's normal for her. My friend told me her Dr. said this was caused from her daughter using deodorant at a early age. My 6yr old son has used and would like to use deodorant daily, but I stopped his use in fear it will cause him premature body odor that is much stronger than average. My friend said that my son will also have the same problem as her daughter, even though he has stopped using deodorant because of him already have using deodorant. My son doesn't have any problem's with body odor because of it now and I think this would affect different people in different way's considering we each have our own different chemical balances. Will the fact of him using deodorant already for sure cause premature or worser body odor if he had not used it? If so is there anything I can to do to make the situation better? My son still want's to use deodorant if he should not use it now, when is the best time to allow him to start again?
No, deoderant does not cause a person to develop body odor. I have a hard time believing this woman was told this by a Dr. I think maybe she just misunderstood something he said. Strong body odors are usually a genetic thing. It runs in certain families or can be a disorder with the glands that add odor to our sweat. Your child wanting to emulate adults by wearing deoderant will not make him develop any worse a body odor than he normally would once he reaches puberty. Go ahead an let him wear it if he wants to. If you are still worried, you might offer him a body spray that has a nice smell. My kids used to like AXE products. They have deoderants/antiperspirants with matching body sprays. He can spray this on his clothing lightly so he smells nice. My kids used to spray it across their clothed bodies lightly and it never stained their clothes. There are some schools of thought that some of the ingredients in antiperspirants can be bad for anyone-some of the aluminums and such but studies are inconclusive as of now. I really dont think it will hurt him to wear deoderant or antiperspirant lightly once a day. You can always run it past his pediatrician next time he goes in for a check up to be sure!
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