What age to start using deodorant?

Jacquie - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 51 moms have responded )

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I have a VERY active 9 year old... and when he gets home from school he smells of sweat! what age is appropriate for him to start using deodorant?

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Sherlela - posted on 02/25/2010

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my son is 6 years old and he has had a musk smell since he was 9 mos old...I have never used deodorant on him even now at 6 because i was told that he was too young, so I've always used baking soda but sometimes that does not seem to work...I am so glad too see these comments and that some of these children are younger than mine...I think it is time to forget the old wives tale and buy my baby some deodorant.

Amber - posted on 03/01/2010

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This is a good question and one I have been wondering myself. I have a 10 year old boy, and though he wants to wear it, I haven't let him. I had heard that if they start wearing it too young, they will need it sooner. I haven't noticed any 'stinky pits' smell on him though his feet are another story. But I do let him use a 'manly' body wash and body spray sometimes. He likes his soap cause it makes him smell good. He likes the Axe, one with a milder smell, and I like the new Dove for men line as I am an avid
Dove user and I also use it on my younger girls for their hair.

Cheryl - posted on 03/01/2010

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Well my girls are very active and they both stay both started using deodorant in 3rd grade. More and more as the years went by. And taking showers daily instead of every other day. I didnt shave til 8th grade but my girls had to younger. WOw times have changed.

Liz - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daughter was 6 when she started wearing it...basically she needed it cause her underarms smelled so...

Rachel - posted on 02/28/2010

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My 8 year old daughter just started using it as she very helpfully pointed out to me she is starting to smell sweaty!!! I bought her a natural deodorant without anti-perspirant.. Lush do a very good one called 'Aromacreme' which is in a soft putty-like block, pinch off a tiny bit soften it between your fingers and rub it into your armpits. Made with 100% natural product, no anti-perspirant and is very effective even on me!!!

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Selina - posted on 03/01/2010

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I started my son using deodorant when he was in he fifth grade. I wanted him to get into the habit of using it since he was heading into middle school the next year and I'm sure his body would be going through changes. I didn't want him to have b.o. and be made fun of in middle school. Kids can be mean to each other.

User - posted on 03/01/2010

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I started my daughter at age 8 cuz she started smellin like a sweat box. now she is so anal about it i cant get her to stop. it wont hurt them. i give in morning and it works...but use antipersperant, not just deoderant!!

Sophia - posted on 02/28/2010

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My daughter is 6 and she's using deodorant, if he need's it let him use it.

Angela - posted on 02/28/2010

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My daughter is very active as well.She began about 10. She wore it mainky on the days they had recess. Kids are mean, as we all know and I didn't want her to "smell" and boy does she. She is now 12 and wears it everyday! She must. She began wearing it everyday, mostly, at about 11. I spoke with her teachers to see what days they had recess, at 10, it was every other day. I believe that at this age, they need to start if their smell is strong. We all want our kids to not be the one who gets picked on so, I believe that if you are wondering if they smell bad enough to wear it, yes its time.

Rhonda - posted on 02/28/2010

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my son started at 11 but i say as soon as they start smelling like they need it you can also used baby powder that will keep them from sweating as well

JoAnn - posted on 02/28/2010

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well I have 2 kids one 10 a girl a boy age 8 they both were deodorant .I don't want smelly kids.

Lori - posted on 02/28/2010

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As you can see from previous reply's a child should definitely use deodorant if they're stinking. I also noticed if you start a child early most times you won't have to remind them when they really need it. I started my son at about 4 (as he wanted) but as he got older he began using it more often, because it made him feel older (plus smell good). Now that he is 12 he uses it everyday and I don't even have to remind him.
NO ONE WANTS TO BE THE STINKY KID!

Anna - posted on 02/28/2010

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Whenever they start smelling. I have 10yr old boy/girl twins. My daughter has to wear it or you can smell her for miles. My son is almost to that point. but doesn't smell too bad that I worry.

Deanna - posted on 02/28/2010

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I don't think it matters. If the kid sweats, then it sounds like now is the time. Go out and buy him some fancy smelling men stuff. It will probably make him feel like a little man, and he will smell a lot better. I know my ten year old loves that Old Spice kind.

DEBORAH - posted on 02/28/2010

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I have a 9 year old who uses deodorant because she started smelling of sweat at about age 7-8. to me the best time to start is when they need it.

Luanda - posted on 02/28/2010

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encourage him to spray it on his outer clothes as deodorant causes cancer if used from such early age ,9 isnt too early it just means he is becoming aware of himself as a person .

Samantha - posted on 02/27/2010

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well im no expert.but i have a 9 year old and 11 year old.and from 9 my son always used deoderant.just not a strong one.now hes 11 he has abt 7 types..i guess its upto the individual.and you monitor them using it..

Sylvia - posted on 02/27/2010

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Well, I would say when your pits start to stink, you should start using deodorant. Not sure why you would base the decision on any other criterion -- obviously if you don't have mature sweat glands yet you don't need it, and if you do have them, you do, whatever age you happen to be ::shrug::

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daughter is 7 and she wears it. She was very excited when we bought her first "Teen Spirit", she wanted us to take a picture of it. That was when she started 2nd grade, she was six at the time. Santa got her a new one in her stocking, and she loved it. I hope I didn't start her to young, but she did smell too when she came home from school.

Anita - posted on 02/27/2010

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In my opinion, as soon as they start to get smelly is the perfect age. But look for something mild and if you can find it a deodorant only is better for the skin. He shouldn't need antiperspirant until he's going through puberty.

Yvonne - posted on 02/27/2010

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i say when it is needed but to go with something with as little chemicals as possible like Toms of mail or Arm and Hammer Essentials deodorant. They dont contain aluminum or parabens. The arm and hammer smells fresh and clean and toms has lavender, unscented and lemon chamomile. I also have a friend give me a little tip of a paste of lime and baking soda leave on for five min and rinse once a week kills the bacteria that make the odor. I have tried lemon and it lasted through a weeks worth of showers without the return of odor.

Amber - posted on 02/27/2010

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Deodorant is always a good thing to start a child on early. 9 is not too young by any means it just means that he is active and that is something to be proud of. :)

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2010

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with my 12 year old i just waited until he began those 'stinky sweats' boys get when puberty starts to set in. that's when i purchased his first stick of deodorant. he was almost 11 at the time. with my daughter (currently 11) she asked when she felt it was time and we went to the store and she picked one she liked. (went with dove as it's nice and gentle on the skin, good starter)

Amanda - posted on 02/27/2010

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My son is 7, I started noticing a smell when he was about 5 but we have been contolling it with antibacterial shower soap made by dial. I was just concerned about the chemicals in deoderant, when the soap no longer works I will allow him to use deoderant only, meaning not a deoderant/antipersperant. So far Old spice is the only brand that I can find that makes a deoderant only. If you do decide to start using it my recomondation would be to look at the ingrediants and stay away from anything with aluminium in it, that is the antipersperant. I just feel that young kids bodies need to work natuarally, and an antipersperant would clog up their sweat glands.

Kerry - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daoughter are 7 & 9 and they both use a little deoderant, mostly in the summertime. I think it just depends on your child....every kid is different and if you think he needs it, then I say go ahead.

Sue - posted on 02/26/2010

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LOL Amanda ... I totally agree.
There is no set age but you will know the signs when puberty sets in LOL
I have also been told by my DDs pediatrician that using a deodorant too early does have health risks and I am personally concerned about this "early onset" to need deodorant at 5-6 years old. What is happening to make our kids need this earlier than 40-30 years ago?

April - posted on 02/26/2010

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My 8 year old son asks us to buy him some. We have not really discussed it with his doctor yet but he has ADHD and he would come home the same way so we bought him some and it has helped some. I hope that helped you some.

Rachel - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son started to get pretty whiffy around the age of 6 (they mature so early these days don't they?!!) I started making sure he washed regularly, but even that didn't help after a while. I think he started using deo properly at the age of 7 because i couldn't bear the thought of him being classed as 'the stinky one with BO' in school - kids are so cruel and i still remember the poor kid in our class being ostricised because of their little problem.

Tabitha - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son is 6 years old and he uses deodorant now!! He love to do it and it is fine with me. I feel if he gets in the habit now it will be easier later

Loneed - posted on 02/26/2010

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some kids develop a lot faster then others, i have a nine year old and hes been using deodorant since the age of six and i think he enjoys it because it makes him feel older and give him a since of responsibility.

Frederica - posted on 02/26/2010

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I dont think that he is too young to start wearing it. These kids are growing up so fast now days.

Angie - posted on 02/26/2010

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Hi! My son was the same and I started him with deodrant at the age of 8/9 as needs must!,

Brenda - posted on 02/26/2010

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Now is a good time. My 7 year old has been wearing deoderant for almost a year now. Boys seem to be smellier than girls at an earlier age, so I just bought him a travel stcik of deoderant and told him to put it on everymorning and when he gets out of the shower. He likes to feel like a big boy and likes to copy his dad so he does it.....and smells so much nicer now when we snuggle :-) Good luck!

Yolanda - posted on 02/25/2010

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When they start stinkin like fried onions it's time touse the deoderant! tell him double pits to chesty!

Seriously my son is 10 he's been stinkin for a good 6 months. we bought him deoderant and have to remind him usually daily to put it on. good luck and welcome to the first sign of puberty.

Brandy - posted on 02/25/2010

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I've noticed odor on my 8 year old daughter too. I don't see anything wrong with letting them use it if they smell. We use it so we don't smell, they should too. Of coarse I can't hardly get her to use it lol.

User - posted on 02/25/2010

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I noticed body oder from my daughter when she was nine years old. It was a hot day outside and I went to pick her up from school. I smelled body oder and it was coming from her. She is ten now and I still have to remind her each day to put deordant on. If not she smells every evening. You could start using it on your son now.

Danielle - posted on 02/25/2010

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I don't think there's an age limit on deodorant. My 8 year old has been using it for years now. I found that Hypoallergenic and sensitive skin works best it cost a lot more but its safer on my daughters skin and it works. good luck!

Delia - posted on 02/25/2010

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My Twin girls have been using deo since they were 5. I feel like if you start them off young you will not have to worry about it later on when they actually need it.

Cynthia - posted on 02/25/2010

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I believe my boys were about that age when they began using deoderant. You can try a mild deoderant for teens such as teen sport. Believe me, if they are old enough to smell, they are old enough to wear deoderant!

Khristine - posted on 02/25/2010

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I don't think there's a "set age" for when to start using deodorant. When a child starts to smell after a normal day of activity it's time for him/her to start using it. My 8-yr-old daughter is an only child and we haven't had to put her on deodorant yet but she likes to spray perfume on for special occasions. She's very active and plays sports so I think she'll be using deodorant soon, within the next year or two.

Tania - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son is 8 (turning 9 next month) and he's been wearing deo and body spray since he was about 6? You can find cans of super hero and high school musical body sprays which he loves. He's very good with his grooming routine and he smells good enough to eat most times - he's too cute!!

Monserrat - posted on 02/24/2010

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I have two girls, 4 and 7 years old, and they use deo, body lotion, body spray and perfume, they don't need nothing but you know, love pretending to be a woman, and i love that they already start to care their body.

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2010

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My Husband is from Haiti, He insists our 3 and 5 yr old need to wear Deo. I think its too young but they feel like BIG BOYS.My Husband's Niece came to stay with us recently and she is 6 yrs old and had a shower bag full of Deo, body spray( for staying home), Perfume (for going to town) ect. So, why not let the boys wear Deodorant?

Jacquie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Thanks ladies... obviously he is my eldest so havent been down this path before... he asked me himself when he should start.. i still see him as my "little baby" :(

Rebecca - posted on 02/23/2010

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I think around 8 and I used a natural one from the health shop because I think the supermarket ones are to strong for there STINKY skin lol

Kimberly - posted on 02/23/2010

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i have a 13 year old that i still have to remind some times lol! my youngest son is 6 and i have had him using deodorant since he was 4 he knows every morning to put it on i say tell him to put it on now

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