Deodorant - when to start????

Zeenith - posted on 12/27/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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When is the right time for girls to start experimenting deodorant?

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Meghan - posted on 12/29/2010

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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

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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.

Sue - posted on 12/28/2010

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My daughter started using it when she was 7 ( she started puberty quite early).

Jodi - posted on 12/27/2010

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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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Sarah - posted on 01/10/2011

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My daughter HAD to wear it by grade 4! She's an athlete so was always sweating anyways but thats when it started to get noticeably stanky!!

Susan - posted on 01/10/2011

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I think all my daughters started in grade 4 as it was part of their gym supplies. They were in no way consistant the rest of the time unil we suggested it after sports or when they smelled.

Jane - posted on 01/06/2011

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Whenever they want to. It's not going to hurt them but for sure well before puberty so they are in the habit of using it.

Zeenith - posted on 01/06/2011

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Thank you very very much you all. My daughter is only four, she is my only child and I just want to be prepared. Thank you very much!! XXX

Nancy - posted on 12/30/2010

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My pediatrician told me to use deodorant with out an antiperpirant on my 7 year old.

Nancy - posted on 12/30/2010

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I say when she needs it. My daughter is using it now at 7 years old. I buy her organic deodorant.

Bonnie - posted on 12/28/2010

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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.

Bonnie - posted on 12/28/2010

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I don't remember what age I started using deodorant, but just look for when they start to perspire a lot under the arms or when they start to smell.

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When she needs it. My girls have been using deodorant for sensitive skin for about 6 months now (though they still haven't gotten in the habit of using it daily.... they NEED it) and they just turned 9.

Laura - posted on 12/27/2010

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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!

Stifler's - posted on 12/27/2010

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I think I wore deodorant in year 4. I put my husband's aftershave on Logan the other day, he's 11 months ahahaha

Emeraldine - posted on 12/27/2010

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As soon as they begin to smell, you will know. If want to begin as early as 10 just to get them in the habit, buy the teen products for them.

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