Deodorant - when to start????
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Meghan - posted on 12/29/2010
As a teacher, I can tell you one thing - DON'T WAIT!!! Some parents seem to think that the correct "age" is more important than when the child actually NEEDS it. It will be far better for your daughter to start using deodorant a bit too early than it will be for one of her classmates to say, "Yuck, YOU STINK!" to her in the middle of math class!
Becky - posted on 12/28/2010
If you want a deodorant alternative to help
Control odor there are Crystals that come In a deodorant container. Just have her wet it as soon as she gets out of the bath or shower and glide it on like deodorant. It inhibits the growth of odor causing bacteria. I have been using it, in preparation of getting pregnant. Now my son is one and I'm still using it. I find I rarely, if ever need to use a deodorant now.
Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010
When they start to perspire more, and get a little on the nose :) The hormones during puberty increase perspiration, so you will find that she may be getting more sweaty than she used to, and also smelling a little more. That is the time to start her using deodorant. You should also, at that age, limit them to roll-on anti-perpirant. I know my son is not allowed to take a spray deodorant to school anyway, they are only permitted roll-ons for safety reasons.
With regard to age, it will vary depending on the child. Some girls will need to start at a much younger age than others. You will know when your daughter needs it.
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Bonnie - posted on 12/28/2010
How about when they start to have that funky smell? Usually around 6-8th grades... sometimes earlier and sometimes later, depending upon puberty. Does she already have her period? Does she shave her legs and underarms? These are all signs of needing to wear deoderant.
Laura - posted on 12/27/2010
The nose knows! : ) Each girl is different in development as they journey through puberty so simply pay attention to your daughter's odor. If you can start to smell her, so can others! This is then the time to have a "girl to girl" talk about the importance of good hygiene which includes using deodorant. Consider taking your daughter shopping to purchase her own special bath products for her to use. You can even find a variety of scented deodorants--let her choose the one she likes best. It is much better on other people's noses to smell lilacs or strawberries than BO! Good luck!
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