Son Growing Up, Needing Deoderant?

Updated on June 14, 2010
T.T. asks from McKinney, TX
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My son is 8 1/2 years old and his armpits are starting to smell about a day after taking a bath. He is not really doing any activities where he is running around, but just normal play. I was just wondering what age other boys started this, and if you started your son (or daughter) on deoderant at such a young age. Does this seem young for this problem, or is that about the time boys start getting "the funk"?


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answers from Oklahoma City on

No, not too young at all. I can't remember the age my son started but it was younger than 8. I would definately choose one that does not contain aluminum, safer for everyone but especially kids. (Except the one I use for myself does have aluminum.) Watch the wording: some have aluminum but don't use the actual 'word' aluminum in the active ingredients; such as GLY, GLY anhydrous, zirconium trichlorohydrex, zirconium pentachlorohydrex. Suave Men and Arm & Hammer are two I can think of right off the top of my head.

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answers from Minneapolis on

8.5 isn't too early :) Some kids are early stinkers and some are late. I would put one stroke of deodorant on my stinkers (at that age) after evening bath (make sure armpits are completely dry). Mornings are so chaotic around here, I would forget so evenings worked better for me. Plus they are not SO stinky at that age, that an evening swipe seemed to last for about 24 hrs. I started letting them do it themselves at around 6th grade in the morning before school. In fact, I have a wipe board at the door for the daily activities and on the bottom it says "MOUTHWASH AND DEODORANT!" As a reminder to use before school for the older kids.

Good luck!

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answers from Atlanta on

Aluminum and other chemical are very toxic to adults and even more toxic to kids!!!!! I highly recommend fresh cut LIME spread onto the armpit after shower. It is nothing short of miraculous and works for hours. You can even slice and 1/2 and put it in a ziplock for him to reapply later. It kills bacteria and therefore kills the smell. Do NOT use lemons as they don't work well.

I would also look into his diet. Perhaps he's constipated and needs to increase his fruit, vegetable and water intake. Usually extreme body odor means there something wrong on the inside. It's is not normal for an 8 or 9 year old to have an offensive body odor.

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answers from Dallas on

I have my son shower everyday even in the winter before bedtime. He is 10 1/2 and he now needs to wear deodorant everyday, not an option anymore. We did however start him in on the habit around 9 1/2 we went and bought those small travel size deoderants. We bought several so he could try them all and decide which one he liked. I don't think that 8 1/2 is too young to start instilling good hygiene.


answers from Norfolk on

My son just started using deodorant at 11 yrs old. He takes a shower or bath every day sometime before bedtime. He doesn't always want to, but I think it's important to wash the dirt and germs of the day away before settling down to sleep.



answers from Dallas on

Hi T.,

We had the same problem with my son. He is now 4, but he always had an odor and I thought he was way too young to use deodorant. Too many chemicals for a child! I did a search on the internet for a more natural remedy and found that white vinegar kills the bacteria on the armpits which causes the odor, and it's safe. I tried it and it worked fantastic. I still use it on him everyday. I bought a little plastic travel size spray bottle, filled it with white vinegar, and simply spray his armpits. Straight vinegar.. you can only smell it at first when you spray it, there is no smell after a few minutes.

Hope you find what works best for you.



answers from Dallas on

He has begun puberty. Time to teach him about body odor and how to take care of it. Not young at all. Some babies have body odor.


answers from Albany on

All three of my kids (2 boys, 1 girl) started between 8 and 10 needing deo, sigh, happens so fast doesn't it?



answers from Redding on

He's not too young for deodorant and he may not like it, but he's old enough now to get in the habit of showering every day, especially since the weather is getting warmer.
My friend's son had an aversion to bathing or showering so she "chose her battles" and didn't make him, but it got so bad you couldn't stand to be within 10 feet of that kid. He thought being repulsive was kind of funny, but his dad finallly said, "You're going in or I'm throwing you in". He showers now.

My son loves Old Spice Body Wash. It smells so good and clean. It's not drying at all. I even use it sometimes.

Best wishes!

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