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Old 10-02-2008, 07:55 AM   #11
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Re: At what age did your LO start wearing deodorant?

HOnestly, if my five year old was stinky at the end of the day, I'd look into *why* he or she is stinky, instead of covering it up.

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Old 10-02-2008, 09:44 AM   #12
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Before you start deoderant, try dial soap. My dd had B.O at this age, but wasn't responsible enough to remember deoderant yet, so I did a little research, and dial soap was reccomended. (they said blue dial soap if that matters)

It worked. It took a few days, but it worked, and we did that for another four or five years before needing deoderant.

Also, maybe occasionally after she has dried off, try a little tea tree oil.
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Old 10-02-2008, 10:04 AM   #13
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i agree with looking into why she's smelling so strong at 5 yrs old
but I also realize that you want to do something about the smell now

how about those deodorant rock crystal things? I know they also have a spray. I use the liquid in a spray bottle that I put in some drops of essential oils (TTO/peppermint)
you could try that in the meantime
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My son was 8 when he had to start wearing it, it was pure armpit BO, it would make me gag and it still does, he is now 11. I can tell instantly if he has forgot to wear any or its worn off... YUCK!
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Re: At what age did your LO start wearing deodorant?

My oldest is 9 yod and just started wearing it. I would agree to look into why she's having issues. Diet was my first thought. I don't have to wear any deodorant at all when I am eating well.

You will want to stay away from antiperspirant. They use aluminum and it clogs the pores. Our bodies were desired to sweat in order to release toxins. Deodorants will neutralize the odor. You use a deodorant stone or natural deodorants from Tom's of Maine. I also something kind of strange. There is an Essential Oil company called Young Living that sells a more natural hand sanitizer. Believer it or not, I use for my deodorant when I need it. I also gave a small bottle to my dd to use sparingly. There is peppermint in it and it tingles when you've hot. It smells really good (mostly like cinnamon, cloves, peppermint, and I can't remember the other 2 oils they use.) It's called Thieves. (You can find all the Thieves products on this page.
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My oldest dd is 9 and has started wearing deodorant. I say if they stink they need it!
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Re: At what age did your LO start wearing deodorant?

I agree with the rock kind, it's a salt (I think) that the bacteria ingest and it neutralizes the smell, without clogging pores or any chemicals.
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Re: At what age did your LO start wearing deodorant?

They're not yet (9 1/2). I'd probably use a liquid crystal spray (salts) to help prevent the smell. don't worry about the sweat, that's needed as PP have said.
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I've read that getting BO early is a sign of a hormonal imbalance that's causing premature puberty. My older sister started getting BO at 7 and had her first AF at 9. I didn't get BO until I was 13 and got my first AF at 15. So there's definitely an association. Is she showing other symptoms of puberty? Like body hair? Call your pedi and ask him just to be on the safe side. BO at age 5 doesn't seem normal.
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My older sister started getting BO at 7 and had her first AF at 9. I didn't get BO until I was 13 and got my first AF at 15. So there's definitely an association.
I think more likely a coincidence. I was getting BO at age 8 and didn't get AF until I was almost 14.
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