Boys and deodorant

Dawn - posted on 05/01/2012 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have problems getting their pre-teen or teenage boys to wear deodorant? My 12 year old son would rather stink, like a dead skunk, than wear deodorant. I have gotten him Axe, all different smells of it". I have gotten him the kind his dad wears. Nothing works. Every morning before school, I have to watch him put deodorant on. I keep a stick on my kitchen bar. He gets so offended, but if I don't watch him, he probably didn't put it on. I feel so bad for his teacher and classmates. Help!

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Paula - posted on 05/03/2012

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YES!!!!! I have 5 boys ranging from 17-10 and they stink everyday all day!!!! Especially my 14 year old, he is the worst. I practically have to attack him with deodorant and toothpaste in order for him to use it. I remember as a teenager my brother was funky too, so the only thing I can say is make him bathe everyday and continue to embarrass him and make him put deodorant on in front of you. Eventually he'll get it together

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Donna - posted on 06/08/2012

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My son is 15 and I still struggle with that. He is now interested in girls so now he more cooperative. I put a deodorant stick in his school bag too in case he forgets and I text him to remind him (he has phys.ed. class and has come home smelling very sweaty and stinky). My initial problem was getting him to shower daily but he's got that down pat now.

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I have the opposite problem. If you were in my house you would think our water tank was full of AXE or whatever the scent of the season is. The boys, ages 13 and 16 seem to think they have to bathe in deodorant, cologne and body wash. I can't just buy them one stick, it always has to be 2 because they use it after gym class at school as well.
Usually they are so strong with cologne it is almost nauseating. Showers are at least once a day, and we haul our water. I set the timer for 7 min and then shut off the pump. Once they caught a wiff of their uncle, who is a drunk that doesn't look after himself and seems to think that a shower is a piece of furniture in the bathroom and shouldn't be used along with the toilet as long as one has pants on they will catch what is released. Since then they seem obsessed with not smelling like him.
My 16 yr old gets a rash that they call "kaput" it's a rash around the groin area but can also be in the backs of the knees and in the pits. We use Gold Bond Powder after a shower but the boys say it makes them smell like a hospital so they cover that up too. We also have one for in the shoes and my husband uses the lotion. That might help with the sensitive ones.

My 14 yr old daughter, Tana, has also had me buy an extra deodorant stick and taken it to school to give to a friend of hers who has a BO problem and has instructed her with showering techniques. Tana says if the mother won't teach her then she will so that the other kids won't make fun of her. The are still good friends and I know that Tana is in no way being mean spirited about it. The girl is grateful for the tips and hints and help.

Cynthia - posted on 05/22/2012

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I have the same problem. My son is 16 and he walks to school in the Florida heat. He he has Axe and he says he doesn't put it on because he doesn't stink in the morning! I can't get through to him that just because you don't stink in the morning doesn't mean you won't as the day goes on!

Deb - posted on 05/21/2012

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OMG...do you live at my house???!!! LOL My 12yr old son is the same way! Every day I've got to remind him....did you brush your teeth, put on deoderant, etc?? But my son loves to shower....he's obsessed with it. Every day sometimes 2x....but then he forgets to put on the deodorant and here we go again?!! I asked my hubby...."is this something guys do??" He's no help---he says he can't remember what he did....LOL
Boys...huh??

Deborah - posted on 05/12/2012

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Me, me, me!! My son is the same way. He is 11. Now, he will even go in the bathroom, stay a long time but I don't know what is going on. I even had to say that girls wont like you if you don't wear deodorant. What's UP.

Rebecca - posted on 05/10/2012

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LOL....I'm SO glad I came across this post. My soon to be 13 year old son and I battle this every morning. I have to remind him to brush his teeth and have gone so far to smell his armpits for deodorant. Sometimes he will just spray Axe on himself. I told him "this is not replacement for deodorant." He is good at showering thank God...

RoxAnne - posted on 05/08/2012

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HAVE DAD TELL HIM! At this age, while they do love us Moms, they need guidance on becoming a man. They will get that from DAD or another father figure in their life. Hint: Quit nagging him! Make him be responsible for his own hygiene. Wear a dust mask if you have to.
You might do what my Dad had to do with my brother ; tell him if he comes to the table to eat before he showers (especially after sports or physical activities), the plate is turned upside down until he is 'acceptable' to have supper with the family. Harsh? It took ONE time.

Jenny - posted on 05/08/2012

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I thought I was the only one! Thanks for posting this!!! My 14 year old ONLY started when he got a girlfriend, until then it was a battle (with the same hygene schedules and proof of teethbrushing, etc having to be done)! My advice of the quickest way to a better smelling son - a girlfriend! Oh dear, I guess that advice opens a whole new can of worms....

Michele - posted on 05/04/2012

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I hope all of you moms are getting organic deodorant for your children. I wouldn't even think of using AXE for my 13 y.o. Tom's of Maine or something similar from a health food store for my family.

Heather - posted on 05/04/2012

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Just give up. if he wants to go to school smellin sooooooooo bad, well he will feel bad himself by others making fun of him. He will learn the hard, and if the school calls u on it, just explain to them that he don't want to wear it, he will have no other choice to wear it if he gets picked on, it will be his own fault.

YOLANDA - posted on 05/04/2012

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To Shawnn: Toms of Maine is one company that is suppose to be all natural. http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Stick-Unit... This is a link to one like I had tried. Search Crystal deodorant or natural deodorant. Good luck!!! Avoid anything with aluminum, scents, dyes, or alcohol. These are the usual culprits for reactions to deodorants. A light wipe with some vinegar does work by acidifying the skin and killing off the bacteria that causes the stink. Try on the upper arm before going straight for the pits and watch for a reaction. If he's worried about the smell have him do it at night before bed. A cup of vinegar in the rinse water for sports gear does great for getting rid of the left over stink that seems to settle in clothes, its a great fabric softener too.

Peggy - posted on 05/04/2012

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My son also has sensitive skin I found that a lady stick works best, like secret. he is now 20 and still uses it. My son also had problems with his feet stinking. we tried everything over the counter, until I added baking soda to his shoes and made him wash his feet with vinegar
. now he has no problems.

Dawn - posted on 05/03/2012

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I love all the comments! I will keep my febreze handy! I have to fumigate his room on a regular basis, so I will just fumigate him too!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/03/2012

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Yolanda,

What would that natural salt be called? Any ideas I could search on? I'm willing to try anything. the 14 YO gets it cleared up, only to have it start again as soon as he puts anything other than soap or talc near it...

I have the same problem, but using nonscented speed stick works for me, so I'm at a loss!

@ America...LOL...Yep, they've smelled like febreeze, lysol, glade...I can relate :)

Dawn - posted on 05/03/2012

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When my son was a teen and we went through this, I told him if he was going to act like a 2-year old then he would be treated like a 2-year old, and Mommy would put him in the tub and wash him (he could wear swim trunks for privacy), and brush his teeth.

Do you know, I never had to do that once? By the time he was a teen, he knew me well enough to know that I'd follow through with that threat.

Not to say I didn't have to threaten him more than once - but it always worked. :-D

America3437 - posted on 05/03/2012

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If my boys have body funk then I grab the closest thing that smells good and spray them! They get the point real quick,hey your ass can go to school smellin like axe or lysol....your choice!

YOLANDA - posted on 05/03/2012

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Have any of you that are having issues with sensitivity with the deodorants tried the all natural salt based ones?? It actually looks like a chunk of salt. I have used these in the past and they do work against the stink.They actually kill the bacteria rather than just cover the smell. They have no perfumes or chemicals to irritate the skin. I haven't look for these in years so not sure where you can buy them now... I'm sure a natural living store should have them. I have had issues with my younger son with keeping his teeth brushed. Finally at 16 he is starting to pay more attention to his hygiene cause his friends have made comments to him not because I have crabbed at him the last few years. Some things only society can teach kids. My other suggestion is stop using antibacterial body soap if they do. It kills the good bacteria on the skin that keeps the bad bacteria in check. I have changed at my house and notice after a long day of us all working outside for the day my house is much less stinky at the end of the day. I have a hubby and two teen boys so it can get pretty ripe!!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/02/2012

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Hey, mine have visual, written schedules for hygiene tasks, and they're 14 & 17. Actually, the 17 YO is good about hygiene, now. so his schedule is no longer posted. But, the younger one's is. Has the days when he is to shower, and he has to show me proof of him brushing his teeth every day.

The thing that worked best with my youngest was that his best friend (who's a girl) told him that she wouldn't hug him if he stank. He asked for deodorant that night.

I just wish I could find something they could USE! The rash that they get is horrible if the product has any chemicals at all.

Dawn - posted on 05/02/2012

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I don't know if the problem is that he forgets or he doesn't want to put deodorant on. But when we ask, he gets so mad. He hates being reminded to put it on. It is ridiculous! I know it is the age. I have a 16 year old daughter, but OMG! The anger that radiates from him is really extreme for us asking about deodorant. Just glad to know there are others in my stinky boat too!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/02/2012

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Yes, its been a battle in our house. Worse because my boys have sensitive skin, so have to be really choosy about what they use. None of the regular ones work without leaving a horrible rash...

So, right now, they are just washing pits daily, at least twice, and applying talcum powder until the rashes go away, and I'll try another...

I'm now looking for a non scented, non colored, basically boring deodorant for them...

Funch357 - posted on 05/02/2012

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I've had that problem too. Son is 16 now & sometimes still needs reminding, tho it has improved. (Latest battle is hair care, now.)



Letting him pick the brand can help.



Is the problem mainly that he refuses to wear it or that he does & it doesn't work? If it's the former, use standard discipline techniques (loss of privilege for example). If it's the latter, he should bathe or at least wash up there -- with soap & water & washrag -- and then use the deodorant. If that's still not working, it could be time to mention it to the doctor.

User - posted on 05/02/2012

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no i cant say i have that problem with any of my boys and they like the axe. usually around that age they take an interest in girls, so hang in there and next thing ya know there worse than a teenage girl and you cant keep them in shampoo and body wash lol

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