Smelly Underarms

Christina - posted on 09/29/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )




My 5 1/2 year old daughters arm pit smells. Is this normal? It seems to early. At what age should they use deodorant?


Christina - posted on 09/29/2011




I have looked for natural deodorants but can't seem to find any. Do you recommend any?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 09/30/2011




Toms of maine is a good natural deoderant...or more natural than others I suppose.


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K. - posted on 10/31/2011




I know this thread is a month old but my almost 6 year old daughter was having the same problem. I googled a little and found out that it could be a reaction to how much dairy she was getting, specifically milk. We cut the milk down to a small glass a day, if that. The problem is gone and has been for a good month or two now. Good luck!

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My daughter, who is now 13 had the same issue. Like you I was bit confused and not really sure why this was going on. First my daughter started her period @ 12 not abnormally early. The issue with her armpits and their aromatic assault, started at the age of 6. We looked at her diet, asked her pediatrician and she said that some children begin producing body odor sooner than others.....big help!

Latter we learned that the smell is actually caused from bacteria found in the sweat glands. Someone told me the smell is produced more when someone is stressed. There were so many reasons and so few remedies.

What works best for my daughter is wash the area with warm soap and water every morning. After their dry apply a solid mild under arm deodorant. Mild since she is so young. Secret didn't help so much as she got older. It is a good one to try first however. After that pat on a bit of powder. Buy the time school was over we would need to repeat this process. My advice is, try this if you like. Test the deodorant on the inside if her elbow. You will see if she has a reaction to it. Next call her pediatrician and tell them what's going on and ask about the bacterial possibility, mine didn't mention it till I asked.

Good luck!

BTW little girls love fun smelling body sprays, just not right on the arm we all make mistakes.

Krista - posted on 09/29/2011




You might want to look at her diet, as well. Does she regularly eat pungent food, like onions or garlic? Some people, if they eat a lot of it, will find that they start excreting the scent through their pores.

Tyrae - posted on 09/29/2011




Underarms don't usually start to smell until they hit puberty. But one of my best friends growing up got her period when she was only 6 years old. There is some speculation as to whether all the growth hormones being pumped into our food is causing people to hit puberty faster... I would just get her some deodorant. There are all natural types you can try.

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