Is it OK to purge a 5 yr old?

Samantha - posted on 05/23/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I was told by the health store clerk that i can purge my 5 yr old with liquid chlorophyll so she will not smell as sweaty as she does, is this a good idea?

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Margarita - posted on 05/27/2013

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Honestly, I would avoid triclosan (the stuff in most antibacterial things). If anything, I'd say it encourages stronger bacteria. Plain old soap and water are best. Some of us, alas, do smell more than others (lord knows I do) and have to bathe even more often and experiment until we find the right deodorant. Food will certainly contribute to smell, such as too much garlic or certain spices, but an RD would be better suited to advise you on that. As for chlorophyll, it's not necessarily a bad idea, but I would look for it in less extreme forms, like spinach, wheat-grass juice, or algae smoothies. With the right blend of juices, it can be quite tasty (I mix several fruits with spinach, a little sugar, lime/lemon juice, and water in the blender and my daughter loves it) as long as your daughter doesn't object to green juices/smoothies. I wouldn't suggest them as meal replacements or an everyday thing, just an occasional boost of greens. Again, an RD or even your pediatrician would be better at recommending frequency, etc. I do agree that the extra doses of water and fresh veggies should help.

Samantha - posted on 05/27/2013

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Thanks for the advice. we took our daughter to the GP and was told everything is ok with her, we were told the soaps(dial) and lotions(Vaseline int. care) might be a bit to harsh for her so we bought the stuff we use to use on her when she was a baby and honestly so far she smells a lot less sweaty. We are giving her a lot more water and fruits and veg. I liked using the dial cause it is antibacterial seeing that she is at school with other kids but hopefully everything will be all right.

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Cecilia - posted on 05/31/2013

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I personally would just give nice cool baths more often. If you don't like the idea of deodorant on her age that is fine just rub some baking soda on her arm pits to help out with the smell. If nothing else, when she starts to smell get something like a baby wipe and clean down the smelly areas.

Jessica - posted on 05/26/2013

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no, never. if something like that is necessary, your childs dr will tell you and then do it himself, you should never purge yourself for any reason let alone a small child, this is a very outdated method to use and even 50 or more years ago when it was used it was only for something like swallowing a poisonous substance, a proper GP or health professional would advise against it now days even in the case of poisoning. If i was you i would look into why your daughter smells sweaty in the first place, if she bathes every day or two it shouldn't happen so i would speak to a qualified dr as to what is causing it in the first place. Good luck, and happy parenting.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/23/2013

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Well, personally, I'd speak with my pediatrician before trusting the advice of a "clerk" that has no actual experience with children.

And, I'd start with bathing more frequently before I looked into more drastic measures like purging...I mean...I don't even purge that often as an adult! It could have drastic side effects for one so young.

The best place to start with any health or body related questions is a licensed physician.

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