Are perfumes toxic for teens?

Anshul - posted on 06/25/2015 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My tweleve yr old son wants to hav perfumes and deos for daily use. Wants to use in his school also. What shd I do? I

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Raye - posted on 06/25/2015

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Children can wear deodorants (not antiperspirants), but the scented ones can sometimes be overpowering. I would opt for an unscented one. He should be washing the trouble areas every day, especially after heavy activity and sports. He should be trying to keep the area dry by wearing athletic shirts that pull moisture away from the body, or at least cotton shirt that will absorb it. Synthetic materials can cause more sweat and don't soak it up very well so causes more stink.

If his body odor is too strong for the deodorant, and he feels it needs to be covered up by the perfumes, then it may be more than simple sweat. Try changing his diet to eliminate stinky foods like onions, garlic, red meat, cabbage, or other foods that have a strong smell themselves. The food odors often are secreted back out through the skin. If cleanliness and changing the diet doesn't help the odor, then he may need to be checked out by a doctor to rule out a more serious medical condition.

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