30 answers

Stinky Boy Odor

At about what age do boys start to wear deoderant? My son just turned 9 and is stinky. He takes a shower everyday no matter what and wears clean clothes but at times he has this stinky boy smell about him that is kinda musky and coming from somewhere upperbody but I cannot pin point it. It is ewe and we have talked to him about making sure he gets clean in the shower instead of playing and my husband has even monitored him at different times in the shower to make sure everything is getting clean. It doesn't seem like it is everyday but he gets upset if you tell him he stinks or needs to clean better. I don't want him to be self-contious and I believe him when he says he cleaned everything. I am totally stumped on this. Has anyone else experiences this type of thing? Does he need deoderant at this age or could it be something else?

1 mom found this helpful

What can I do next?

Featured Answers

Yes, 2 of my 3 guys were using deod. by 9 or 10. The other one by 11---it took him a little longer to get stinky.

Not ant-perspirant, but deod. We were designed to perspire and from what I have read, trying to stop that is not good.

2 moms found this helpful

H A K
some little boys start to use deodorant around age 9 or 10- it is not a big deal- just let him use something mild as he get his shower and he will most likely find out that others his age or in his class are doing the same- it makes them feel so "grown up".........
good luck and blessings

1 mom found this helpful

Yes - it's time for deodorant!

If you've not talked with him about changes his body is going through as well as upcoming changes, it's time to do so.

American Girl has a book for girls called All About Me. I believe they've also written one for boys. It's an easy ready for the child and is easy for parent's to engage in conversation on various topics with the child while reading the book together.

1 mom found this helpful

More Answers

Yes, 2 of my 3 guys were using deod. by 9 or 10. The other one by 11---it took him a little longer to get stinky.

Not ant-perspirant, but deod. We were designed to perspire and from what I have read, trying to stop that is not good.

2 moms found this helpful

Kids are maturing faster these days. Both my boys had this problem by 9 and I got them both deodorant by 10. I was shocked that both boys admitted getting pubic hair by 10 as well. I started buying them more "grown up" products also that had more scent to them like axe body wash and spray with the deodorant.

2 moms found this helpful

Yes - it's time for deodorant!

If you've not talked with him about changes his body is going through as well as upcoming changes, it's time to do so.

American Girl has a book for girls called All About Me. I believe they've also written one for boys. It's an easy ready for the child and is easy for parent's to engage in conversation on various topics with the child while reading the book together.

1 mom found this helpful

Boys are stinkier than girls at an earlier age. My oldest is almost 9 and wears deordorant. His little brother is 5 and wears it too. I bought them the Old Spice stuff and a bottle of cologne. It is never to early to teach them good hygiene. I tell my boys that a girl/woman likes a boy/man that smells good. It has helped with the whole bathing argument too. CB

1 mom found this helpful

My son is 10 yrs old.. Actually 11 today.. He has to wear deodorant as well.. If he doesnt wear it, you can smell him all the way across the room. He even bought some spray cologne from the store to use as well.. Something axe makes.. To help cover up what deodorant doesnt. Hope this helps you :)

1 mom found this helpful

Hi AK,

My youngest which is now 12 he started to be stinky when he was 9. I got him mitchum it works, the gel kind. Some boys start earlier than others but thats the way nature intended it to be so you have to go with the flow of things. It just means he is growing. Thats all you really can do. I just handed my son the stuff and said you need to use this after you get out of the shower, before you put clothes on and before you go to bed. I still have to remind him once in awhile hey put some stuff on please and change shirts. lol...Good luck and don't worry it will be alright :) and all will work out :)

1 mom found this helpful

yes its time for his own high jean stuff my son is 14 by 9 i was buying him his own smell good stuff its that time mama i know we hate to think of are babys growing up..i wish yall well thanks jessica

1 mom found this helpful

Try the deodorant. My daughter started wearing it at 9. She rides horses and comes in very sweaty and stinky, BO stinky. Deodorant helps.

1 mom found this helpful

I also have a boy who is 9 about to turn 10 and he started using deoderant (Degree) last year. He was very active with soccer for the entire year so we decided it was time for him to start using the deoderant. It does help, of course the trick is getting them to remember to use it daily.

1 mom found this helpful

At 9, he probably just needs some deodorant. Boys are generally very active and this just makes it worse. My niece was 5 when we had to start her to wearing deodorant. Just get regular deodorant and not an antiperspirant, which may be a little too harsh for him, right now. I would suggest some type of "solid," as opposed to something that you spray or roll on, as those may be too harsh for his young skin.

1 mom found this helpful

HI A K, I have 3 boys and my oldest, who is now almost 13, started wearing deoderant around 8 years old. He just seemed to need it earlier in life...and believe me we ALL could smell it! He too got very upset if I suggested he wasn't scrubbing well enough, he soon started having stinky feet too! I then realized he was "going" through things sooner. By the next year he had a bunch of pubic hair...not saying that's your case, just letting know that your not alone on haveing a "stinky" little man!! Mine has been wearing deoderant ever since, it seem to help him be more comfortable with it when I got him the spray kind...then it was more "fun"! Hope this helps, blessings.

1 mom found this helpful

Yes, it's normal. Even though we don't like it, 9 is normal for the sweat glands to start working. What you are smelling is the sweat AFTER it gets caught (and sits for even a little while) in the folds of skin (and hair, eventually) in the inner hip/thigh (crotch) area and his underarms. If you are not sure "where" the smell is coming from, buy him a body powder, such as Gold Bond Powder, for his underwear area and have him rub the powder onto all of his private parts and an antiperspirant/deodorant for his underarms.

Antiperspirant will keep him from sweating so soon which will keep him fresher-smelling longer. Deodorant just tries to cover up the smell. The body powder will keep him drier longer in that area, as well, again delaying the smelliness of that area.

Even though you and your husband shower properly, you still stink without deodorant/antiperspirant, right? Well, your son will, too. Don't make an issue of it. Your son is getting upset when you question him about how welll he cleans because, no matter how much he washes, as soon as he starts sweating the sweat starts smelling and it isn't his fault. Instead of telling him "you smell" or "are you sure you washed well?", just casually say "don't forget your deodorant". No need to make him feel badgered about it, just get him some smell-good stuff.

My almost-10-year-old daughter has started with the underarm odor so she has her own antiperspirant because deodorant just doesn't work once she's out in this Texas heat. Some people may have advice on items without aluminum, but we haven't had a problem with it in our antiperspirant. My husband however cannot use antiperspirant in some brands, just the deodorant, but he can in other brands. Not sure why. He breaks out in a red, burning rash, so keep an eye out for that when trying new brands for your son.

1 mom found this helpful

H A K
some little boys start to use deodorant around age 9 or 10- it is not a big deal- just let him use something mild as he get his shower and he will most likely find out that others his age or in his class are doing the same- it makes them feel so "grown up".........
good luck and blessings

1 mom found this helpful

The men in my family have always had a body odor problem... so bad we've even taken them to the doctor. Some people just produce more! My dad used to take 2-3 showers a day. My boys had to start using deoderant at age 7. I highly recommend getting the "Prescription Strength" or "Clinical Strength" deoderants. They are fabulous! Nice clean scents, and gentle on the skin... and no more stinky boys!

1 mom found this helpful

There is nothing worse than the smell of "stinky boy". Yuck! My son uses Axe products. Also, put Dr. Scholes in his shoes. My son's feet stink to high heaven. I also buy cotton only shirts and socks. Good luck!

1 mom found this helpful

Have him use a deodorant--not an antiperspirant. Check & choose one with no aluminum compounds.

1 mom found this helpful

I agree with Catherine C--try a no-aluminum deoderant first. I think Speed Stick might make one. If it doesn't help with the smell, you may have to switch to one with aluminum, but try to find one with as low an aluminum content as possible (the one I get for my daughters is less than 15%). He is not too young to need deoderant, but I hate the idea of little ones absorbing too many chemicals into their bodies. No one really knows if it is harmful long-term or not. So try the no aluminum first, then low aluminum if that doesn't help. Good luck!

1 mom found this helpful

Deodorant soap for his body (not his face) and deodorant for his underarms. I like the suggestion of the gold bond for his private areas and maybe even his feet.

This is normal. This is the age lots of kids start using deodorant and thank goodness if you have ever been in a 4th or 5th grade classroom at the end of the day, yikes! Especially with this heat.

1 mom found this helpful

try the deoderaunt. i hit puberity at a very young age. if he is stinking thats the age he needs it. also with shaving his face if he is getting facial hair he needs to shave...and so on. they grow up faster than they use to!

1 mom found this helpful

It's time for him to start using deodorant. Boys who are 6 or 7 have started using it @ this early age.

Good Luck.

He's just a normal boy. My kids can run outside for only 5 minutes and my boys will already stink (4 and 6) as my girl won't. I've come to my own conclusion it has something to do with their hair. I've asked several people I know and they all said their boys are/were the same. Just wait, it gets worse in middle school.

I have mentioned this before. Cut up a baking potato and rub under the arms. Trust me it works.

Good Luck!!

I think I would start with deoderant soap. And at the same time, make sure you soak his clean clothes in a solution of 1 cup white vinegar per load. Put it in the last rinse, let it sit overnight, spin and dry as usual. Vinegar smell will disappear but it will neutralize the odor causers. YOu can also get deoderizers for his clothes but this is cheaper.
Then, if this doesn't fix it, get him deoderant.
HTH
K.

Often body odor comes from something a person eats, wears, smells, etc. Odor is the body's reaction telling you to stop eating, wearing, etc. something.
Start with food. You can enlist your son to go into detective mode by writing down everything he eats. When he smells look back at what he has been eating to look at the commonality. Remove the potentially offending items and notice if that makes a difference.
Also, lemon works well as a deodorant without the toxic ingredients often found in commercial deodorants.

Some kids mature earlier than others. My son began wearing deodorant at 9 yrs. old because he needed it. That is not uncommon, several of his friends were using it too. You don't want the kids at school to make fun of him!! They sure grow up fast, don't they?

Good luck,L. T.

I tend to agree with Lo B, it could be related to diet. Keep a diet diary to see how it corelates w/stinky days. You can also try to increase his water intake- this will help dilute the impurities in his body, help him sweat it out cleaner, and filter it out in his urine. You may want to get a pediatrician's advice about deoderant at this young age.

When I was teaching we had a running joke that no one wanted to teach third grade on because of the smell. I think it's very common for boys (and some girls) to need deodorant at this age. It would probably save a lot of teacher's noses if more parents were proactive about it like you!

He may be ready for a mild deodorant, not one of the strong ones. I student taught in a 4th grade classroom, 9 year olds going on 10. We had lunch, then out for recess. I remember some days feeling like I needed to spray the room because of the sweaty boy stink they would bring back in with them. Some boys were stinky-er that others. Try it and see what happens.

Might try a different soap. I use Tom's lemongrass deoderant soap. Target has it, it works GREAT for the stinks, and it gets high nontoxicmarks on skindeep.org. I bet it will help considerably.

Yes, he should definitely be wearing deoderant!

Explore Mamapedia

boys clothes deodorant stinky
Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.