Deorderant and Antiperspirant

Delia - posted on 06/17/2015 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 11 years old and I need to find a better deodorant/antiperspirant for him. He sweats and smells to the point that I get head aches and I try not to do this too often, and feel horrible when I do, I refuse hugs because I can't take the smell. I love my son and love his affection towards me, I don't like to push him away. Please help....I still hug him and suffer through just because I can't imagine a day when the hugs stop.

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Raye - posted on 06/18/2015

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I recommend just using a deodorant, not an antiperspirant. It's not the sweat that stinks, but the bacteria in the armpit that feed on the sweat. He needs to wash regularly, especially after hard play or sports, and reapply the deodorant. Try also using witch hazel, rubbing alcohol, or baking soda to dry out and kill bacteria. Do not use anything with corn starch, as that will feed the bacteria. You could also have him wear athletic shirts that wick away moisture to keep the area dry. Or at least choose cotton shirts, not polyester or other synthetics that don't breathe.

Have him stay away from foods that are heavy on garlic, curry and onions. Blue cheese, cabbage, vinegar and red meat may also contribute to an unpleasant body odor. In fact, if a food has a strong aroma before you eat, chances are it may linger in your system long after your meal. Have him eat more fish, chicken, vegetables, fresh fruits, and have him drink plenty of water.

If it's really bad and he isn't very active, then he may have a medical condition. If nothing else seems to work, you may want to have him checked by a doctor.

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Gena - posted on 06/18/2015

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I would get him one of those crystal deodorant stones to use after he has showered or bathed.

Dove - posted on 06/18/2015

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Yeah... my girls just graduated from the 8th grade and take it from them... MOST middle schoolers stink quite often. lol

Delia - posted on 06/18/2015

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Dove....thank you, your comment made me laugh...yes I hug through it.....I'm just concerned out the offensive odor around others....but like you said he is 11 and he is going to stink....so that gives me confidence because that means all of the other 11 year old boys are stinky too. He is my one and only son and I'm not around kids that often so, I have no idea. Thanks again.

Delia - posted on 06/18/2015

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Thank you Raye Ramsey I will take all of that into consideration, the food thing I am definitely up on, it is rare that he even eats red meat, he is a very picky eater and loves fruit, and he doesn't play sports but he does play hard, ie running around with his sister and cousins and friends. And yes daily washing and yes, I only buy cotton shirts, I may try using the arm and hammer deodorant which has baking soda in it. I never knew about the antiperspirant, I will definitely try it. Thanks for the advice.

Dove - posted on 06/17/2015

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He's 11... He's going to stink at times. Hold your breath and deal w/ it.

What deodorant DOES he use? Does he shower and wash his pits well daily? Does he use the deodorant more than once a day? He may just need to reapply more often.

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