Young children and body odor

21 Jul

UPDATE: My oldest will be 8 in a few weeks and I did give in and by her some deodorant. I could smell her from a few inches away and I felt like this could cause some social issues at school. I bought a natural deodorant with no aluminum. They actually had it at Kroger and it was on sale. It is by JASON. There are no chemicals or dyes just natural, organic materials.

I was freaking out yesterday because my six year old sat in my lap. I noticed her underarms were very sweaty and then a slight odor to them. The only time I had heard about bo in children is the onset of puberty. I started young but not that young. The embarrassment I felt all came back to me and I did not want my children to ever go through that. I was almost in tears yesterday. I called my pediatrician’s office this morning and the nurse was very re-assuring she said most likely she is not starting puberty especially if there is no other signs of puberty. There are not only the odor. She said not to worry about it that kids can start young sweating and that sweat mixed with bacteria is what causes the smell. I felt some better. My mother in law sent me a link about children and body odor but most people pulled their kids off milk and it went away. My daughter does not drink milk. She has always been on organic soy. We do eat meat and chicken but I limit how much my children eat. They eat red meat maybe two times a week or less and chicken or fish the rest.

Has anyone else had this issue with their children?

I did not want to blog about this because certain issues should be kept private, however I noticed the same thing with the other parents on the site, we were all freaking out so I thought maybe this would help someone or someone else could help me.

Update: I spoke with my pediatrician today and she said her daughter who is now 8 started sweating under the arms and had some body odor at age 6. She is also watching her closely due to her starting puberty early. She said so far her daughter still shows no signs of puberty and she is 8. There is an xray they can do to check bone development. If it is show abnormal bone development the likely hood that she would start puberty at an early age would show up and at that point they would want to do more tests. Since I see no signs of puberty, I don’t want to expose her to unnecessary xray radiation. It is good to know they can check if they have too.

Update 2009: At Pooky’s 7 year check up, the doctor said there are no signs of puberty and she only put on 2 inches since last year so that is another sign that puberty has not started. I am so relieved. She said, she just has increased sweat glands and when she sweats it comes in contact with bacteria and smells. I could use deoderant if it is an issue but at this time I don’t want to expose her to all those chemicals. I hope this helps someone out there. Your doctors can tell you if your child is starting to develop.

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5 Responses to “Young children and body odor”

  1. Angelique July 22, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    I am going through the same thing right now with my 10 year old son. I too was shocked when I began to smell an odor from his underarm. Let me assure you that it is not something to freak out over. Instead we should be thankful of the body’s ability to speak loud and clear. And BO is a sign of toxic build up inside. No cow’s milk only. It’s the liver, the digestive system, etc all working hard to release the poison that our children have accumulated. It is no different than in an adult. When you smell your underarm or mouth it means you are backed up inside and need to cleanse. Deodorants are only a dangerous cover up to a world inside that is trying to make itself known. I am off to get some herbs and foods that will begin the cleansing process with my little prince. We will begin by working on the liver and the colon primarily. By the way, I am a Holistic Health Practitioner for over 15 years and I parent naturally and creatively.

  2. Angelique July 23, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    I can see that you do such a great job in raising your family, Michele. And I can resonate with your lifestyle beyond being a vegan to being a conscious eater and a conscious consumer – keeping in mind that we take toxics into the body in ways other than the mouth. No matter how dairy free, meat free or junk free one’s diet it is so important that we detox and this applies to our children. Their little bodies need cleansing even from the so-called better or right diet. Water is the key element for living healthy and alive. Here’s a book I suggest – Your Body’s Many Cries For Water by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. So keep in mind that body odor is one of the many ways your body is calling out for water. Your little ones need more water than you are giving them. Here’s a recent article I wrote….
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Water-Beyond-Its-Libido-Powers!&id=1313101

  3. Dawn September 5, 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    I have an 8 year old daughter who began with underarm body odor at age 6. Last month she spotted and it has appeared again exactly one month later. Although we are not strictly vegan, we all do prefer our fish and raw veggies; I would say we do all things moderately. Water is her beverage of choice. We seek chiropractic care and use Standard Process. Regular deodorants do nothing for her. I’m glad you informed us of the x-ray to check bone development. We will hopefully see the dr. tomorrow and I’m looking for info on the web so that I can go into the office informed about what it is we’re dealing with.

  4. kate September 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    my daughter is 7 and has bo under her arms.she is healthy and eats well.can they wear deodrant as i thought they would be to young?

  5. Mother Wondering October 10, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

    I just started searching for answers today. My son (10) noticed that my daughter (who just turned 3!) had BO last week. I immediately dismissed the thought until I myself smelled it today. My daughter has always been very tall for her age, the same as kids a year or two older than her, I’ve seen her stand eye to eye with 5 year olds. But now the BO. I’m freaking out it may be some sort of hormone inbalance or petuitary problem… Going to go give her a bath, pray the insurance kicks in in the next week or so and take her to a doc right away.

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