How old must a child be to start wearing deodorant?

Candice - posted on 11/15/2011 ( 116 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 years old and he wants to where deodorant.

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Sarah - posted on 11/15/2011

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not to sound psycho, but i can't imagine that the added years of all those metals and chemicals being absorbed through the skin is a good thing... I think if my llittle one wanted to wear deoderant, i would get something without the aluminum in it atleast... I'd try to find a natural type... they might not be the most effective when serious odors and sweat start (hormone years), but it would let him feel grown now without added chemicals.

Kylene - posted on 11/16/2011

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I Agree with a few of the moms who have concerns with the chemicals in deodorants - particularly antipersperants. #1 the aluminum based ingredient has been linked to contribting alzeimers (amongst other things) that's not anything I'd want to start early for my children. However, if he needs it,there are a few aluminum-free deodorants out there. I love using Tom's Citrus scent. Finally if body odor is an issue (which is common during puberty of course) you might be able to combat it a little with diet. I hear a diet high in meats and some other foods I can't think of can contribute to body odor. Also failure to eliminate waste regularly will definitely contribute. If he just wants to smell good you can have a blend of pure essential oils made up for you. If used correctly they're harmless and do not have all the nasty additives of colognes or deodorants

Sandi - posted on 11/15/2011

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MMy daughter had to start at 3 because of an enduring condition. She's 10 now and often forgets to awful results. If he wants to, let him. Make sure you get just deoderant. Kids need to sweat. Toms of Maine has a good one. If you get the unscented, you can treat him to his own cologne (Axe, a Bath and Bodyworks spray, etc)

Robbin - posted on 11/15/2011

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My little guy is 8 and he likes wearing the AXE deodorant.... he says he wants to smell good at school.. I have since found out he has a crush on a girl and wants to make an impression. I don't encourage it but if it means keeping his hygiene up... and it makes him feel good.. I let him. I want him to have good self esteem and feel good about himself but need to know that he is way to young to making impressions on girls. Really? at 8.. oh I don't like this young start. Will have to put chains on him... lol I think it's harmless.. but that is my opinion.. as long as he's clean and is happy... that is all that counts in my books! :D

Liz - posted on 11/15/2011

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sure why not. that way when he's older and actually NEEDS it, he'll already have formed a habit of putting it on.

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Jen - posted on 04/29/2012

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I remember when my daughter was in third grade, the teacher said that all the kids should be wearing it, and then proceeded to make fun of all the little 8 year olds that weren't wearing it. So maybe you should let him.

Carol - posted on 01/19/2012

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It's not recommendable to wear deodorant if it's not needed. It may cause irritation or allergies. He must wear when he starts to sweat and that. If he wants to be like dad it's better to buy him a parfum so he could smells like a man.



It's what we did with our children.

Megan - posted on 01/10/2012

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my 5yr old wears it and i see no issue with it...it makes htem smell extra good

Jamie Lee - posted on 12/12/2011

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It's better to start them at an early age in my opinion. My 14 year old didn't start til about 11 and he still forgets some mornings and it is something awful later. My younger two started earlier wanting to be like their big brother and never seem to forget now, even though they still don't need it.

Cody - posted on 12/03/2011

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My son is the same age and he wears it his father is always left with none because my son uses it all, I cant see the harm so let him they all want to be like their dads

Rae - posted on 12/01/2011

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I know for little girls there are some special deodorants specially made for them. My daughter is 10 and we just got her some of her very own. She just started to stink...just a little not enough to really warrant deodorant...but its good to encourage good hygiene habits. :) I say go for it....specially with boys and hopefully it will be a habit that sticks with him! LOL

Teresa - posted on 12/01/2011

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My son wants to do whatever daddy does, so he comes out of the bathroom smelling to high heaven. He's 7 and does not need it but it's what daddy does and it makes him feel good, so I don't say anything.

Marlo - posted on 12/01/2011

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I have 3 boys ages 6, 4, and 2. I bought them children's cologne that they like to wear often like to church or when we are visiting friends and family. and i only allow them to spray on their shirts not their skin. as for Deodorant i think they are too young for it (too much chemicals) and if they don't sweat and stink then i would say no need .

Maya - posted on 12/01/2011

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I would recommend that kids should wear deodorant only when they need it, not because they want to. I'm a teacher and I noticed kids begin to have an odor in 4th and 5th grade.

Tina - posted on 12/01/2011

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IT would seem that the best counsel here is to let him try it, find out if he feels comfortable with what he has tried and be with friends to have a good time. I personally don't remember when my children started with such, only know that they did. In the meanwhile if the child is extremely active and has a lot of physical sports activities then by all means let the son have it to keep him in good company with his friends, and family.

TMR - posted on 11/29/2011

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If the pits stink then yes. If he just wants to wear it for no good reason then I'd say no as there are alot of chemicals absorbed into our skin from deodorent. It's best to wait until he needs it.

Toni - posted on 11/28/2011

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7 is a good age to start,,,, if he has underarm odor it is more of a reason to start

Danielle - posted on 11/28/2011

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My 8 year old started using deodorant when she was in first grade ( 6). I asked my ped. about that and she said that it is ok for them to wear a mild deodorant. My daughter is active so she needs the extra protection

Staci - posted on 11/28/2011

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I would say unless he actually stinks, no, but if he persists, I would be sure to buy him deodorant not antiperspirant.

Helen - posted on 11/28/2011

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Its not a big deal to let him wear it i let my 4yr old wear it cuz he wants to nd he like to wear it cuz his papa wears it so i think its up to the parent.

Jennifer - posted on 11/28/2011

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I don't really think that there is any specific age for tolerant...it really depends on each individual child...we are talking about body odor, which is not cool ay any age...it's not like we are talking about make-up or shaving! So for your childs sake...if B.O. is present...introduce them to Mr. Or Mrs. Deoderant...it will keep them from getting made fun of at school, thus not giving your child one extra thing to feel self conscious about! They already have enough pressure to fit in...let's not give our stinky kids anything else to worry about!!!

Kari - posted on 11/28/2011

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If he doesn't need it, don't let him use it. And even then, make sure it is only deoderant and not antipersperant. Anti-persperant is a leading cause of breast cancer.

Jesslyn - posted on 11/28/2011

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My oldest son is 7 my youngest 5, I buying spray on antiperspirant deodorant for them. I think it's important to teach young boys personal hygiene. Boy's have all sorts of strange smells coming from them & there will be a day were their Mum isn't going to be there to wipe their face. It's important they learn to take care of themselves, coz we can't expect them to find a girlfriend to do it for them.

Megan - posted on 11/27/2011

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With all boys, this house gets smelly and so always having to air out their room, make them take regular showers and always doing laundry. LOL I do love them dearly though!

Megan - posted on 11/24/2011

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My eldest boy is 11 and he started wearing deodorant when he was 9 because he sweats a lot in the summer months. My middle son Max just uses a body wash and has to shower often but his feet stink the most so we have him wash his feet every day and use a special foot cream after. Our youngest is only 5 so he just takes baths to keep clean.

Patricia - posted on 11/23/2011

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my daughter needed deoderant at the age of 8 even though she is very clean still showers twice a day or more

Nesa - posted on 11/22/2011

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i have a 2 year old little girl who feels that she has to be like mommy. i put a very little on her most of the time it dont even get on her skin mostly the shit she is wearing. if you are ok with it you cn get him a very light smelling one or even a unscented one. he wont know the diff and it will make him feel special

Patrice - posted on 11/22/2011

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I have an 8 year old daughter that needs to wear it. I thought wow thats young. Does he smell?

Kristi - posted on 11/22/2011

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I asked my pediatrician the same thing when my son was 6. I had heard things about deodorant and kids-go figure. LOL She said to let them wear it when they start needing it.

User - posted on 11/22/2011

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One of my sons, who's 8, sometimes needs it. My other son, who's 10, does not. It depends on each individual child. Dr. Axe has a recipe for an all natural deodorant, using coconut oil, cornstarch, and something else. I'm sure you can find the recipe online.

Jenny - posted on 11/21/2011

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My son wanted to start wearing his dad's deodorant when he was between 4 and 5. We would let him use it and then I started to get him trial size deodorants just for him. He goes through his phases still and he just turned 9. I don't see a problem with letting him use it.....he is trying to imitate his dad....I would just enjoy it since he is young.

Katherine - posted on 11/21/2011

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My daughter is 9 yrs old and my husband and I noticed during this last summer she was becoming a stinky butt so we bought her deodorant and everything is great. I feel is depends on your child, I would assume your son should be wearing it. He probably is alot my active then my 9 yr old daughter.

Elaura - posted on 11/21/2011

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If he doesnt stink NO because it makes him stink quicker. Tell him hes not ready yet, unless he stinks.

Stifler's - posted on 11/21/2011

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I don't understand the anti deodorant stuff. Let's just all let our kids be teased for being stinky and put up with a wet shirt all day instead.

Sylvia - posted on 11/21/2011

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IMO if they're old enough to have stinky armpits, they're old enough to wear deodorant. My DD (who's 9, and not stinky yet) has a friend who's 8 and already stinky but her mom won't let her wear deodorant ... I don't think the mom's doing her daughter any favours :P

Felicia - posted on 11/21/2011

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my oldest is 7 & she started wearing it about 8 months ago bc she went to a sleep over @ a friend's house & her little girl which is a year older was already wearing it...that weekend when we went shopping she asked if we could buy her some bc she needed it...so I found some that was for pre teens & bought that for her...I figured it was good for her to get a head start on hygiene...in my home hygiene is a huge deal, so by her asking for it, it was 1 thing less that I had to make sure she was doing everyday...this is something she wanted to do...I don't think 7 is to young...any younger than 7, I would have had a problem!!! :)

Irene - posted on 11/21/2011

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The earlier you can teach personal hygiene the better give him a nice smelling roll on encourage him to use it twice a day and he will get into a routine that will never break it will be normal and just part of daily routine.

Layla - posted on 11/19/2011

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Sarah Legros is on the same page as me!! It is sooooo difficult to find a deoderant that doesn't have harmful chemicals or alluminum in (impossible in most normal supermarkets!). So if you are thinking of using a "NORMAL" deoderant for a 7 yr old then think of how much more exposure they will be getting to these cancer causing ingredients?! And yes boys/men can get breast cancer too. If you want to try a natural deo then there is a company called "Tom's of Maine" that produce an array of natural deo sticks. We get them here in the UK in health food shops and also on the internet. So to all those who said I see no harm in it just be aware you may not have all the facts, there will be harm in using alluminum and parabens and sodium laurel sulphate ALL of which are in nearly everything you put on your body and ALL of which are linked to CANCER!!! Sorry but I'm passionate about natural products and ignorance to everyday products and their ingredients! Hope this helps :-)

XICA - posted on 11/18/2011

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give him an empty roll on add a little waer, than he will think h a big boy it is good that he care about himself

XICA - posted on 11/18/2011

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give him an empty roll on add a little waer, than he will think h a big boy it is good that he care about himself

Candice - posted on 11/18/2011

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Hi thank u all for the posts. they have been really helpful.
My son wants to spray deodorant every time i put mine on.
He has 1 made for kind and it is all natural.

Kim - posted on 11/18/2011

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I'm with all the non-chemcial folks! I use Norwex crystal deodrant and will start my kids on that when they need/want it. All about reducing chemical use in cleaning and personal care!

Kristina - posted on 11/18/2011

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Rupali is right about toxins in the body. I personally use a natural crystal deodorant to avoid chemicals. even Tom's has junk in it.

Jessica - posted on 11/18/2011

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My daughter is 8 and we got her the travel size stick of deodorant. She still doesn't want to wear it, but I bought it for her when I got her school supplies just in case she wanted to wear it. It's there for her when she wants it.

Alicia - posted on 11/18/2011

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I am being repetitous, my boys needed it and I started them with an all natural deordorant from Walmart. Buy him an extra one for his locker (if he has one) at school, that is if he really needs it. At 49, I have needed to freq switch products,using the clinical strength now,but does not last long. Ugh hormones...any suggestions.

Kim - posted on 11/17/2011

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Let him start using it, that way, when he does start to stink, he will be in the habit:)

Sarah - posted on 11/17/2011

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WEn my son sees his dad put some on he asks ig he can wear it. We dab it on him and hes happy. Doesnt hurt anything. We c no big deal with it. If our son asks he can have a lil bit

Jaime - posted on 11/17/2011

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When your child hits puberty, everything will start to change. This includes the onset of body odor. Basically when he hits puberty he will start getting stinky.
Jaime

Adalia - posted on 11/17/2011

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My 7 y/o wears deodorant, but ONLY deodorant, NOT anti-persperant, and I try to get the natural kind. Tom's brand has a Sport scent one. He is starting to smell a little when he sweats, but it is mostly cuz his older brother wears it.

Kelsey - posted on 11/17/2011

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My 7 yr old daughter is wearing deodorant. She was wearing it last year too. I just had her start wearing it when I noticed she has bad B.O. But now she puts it on every morning before she gets dressed is good to go.

Michelle - posted on 11/17/2011

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It's important to differentiate between deoderant and anti-perspirant. Be sure to NOT get an anti-perspirant. It's not necessary to interfere with his body's cooling system.

However, I would talk to him about WHY he wants to wear deoderant. Is it for himself or is he doing it to impress someone? Our society is moving to younger and younger ages where children are giving in to notions of acting like adults. Let him be a child, and encourage him to be "settled" in himself. Hope this helps! :-)

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