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is it 'normal' for ds (age 6) to have a bit of B.O.?

(14 Posts)
frazzledfairy Thu 19-Jul-07 18:45:32

thats it basically, his underarms smell of sweat. i noticed it tues night after he had had a shower, we haven't been washing under his arms with soap because didn't think it was necessary.. so last night when he had a shower dh made sure he did wash really well with soap but today i can still smell it.

i thought he would become sweaty when he was 10 or 11, not at the tender age of 6.

any advice?

frazzledfairy Thu 19-Jul-07 20:25:46

bump! anyone?

filchthemildmanneredjanitor Thu 19-Jul-07 20:26:36

i have a seven year old and he doesn't really smell of anything at all.

maybe something to ask the gp about?

lilolilmanchester Thu 19-Jul-07 20:44:45

My DS is 14 and I remember various conversations with other mums about BO round about yr 6 (10/11), but usually it's older. I'd have a chat with the GP, it won't be anything serious and probably has a simple explanation (like some kids just do!)

Theresa Thu 19-Jul-07 20:56:14

My ds is 5 1/2 and has incredibly smelly pits . He needs a clean top every day, whereas my dd aged 9 can easily get 2 days out of hers. I'm pretty surprised but my dh is also very sweaty so i suppose he gets it from him. Not really worried maybe i should be? Think I might mention it next time we're at docs but (touch wood) we don't go that often!

lilolilmanchester Thu 19-Jul-07 22:11:00

As I said, maybe some kids just do sweat more younger. Hopefully you'll both get more responses from other Mums to put your minds at rest!

CalifrauniusFudge Thu 19-Jul-07 22:14:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LeafTurner Thu 19-Jul-07 22:15:56

My dd is 6.5 and has smelly armpits ! She hasn't noticed but I bought her a stick deodorant (Bionsen) which is nice anmd natural and does the job. She thinks she is grown up having a deodorant like mummy !

They have a hormone surge a6 around 6 I believe - so I hope it is just that !

frazzledfairy Thu 19-Jul-07 22:31:03

yes i think he is having a hormone surge, is very stroppy!

i googled it earlier and it seems it's not a problem unless accompanied bu other symptons of puberty (physical symptoms, don't think stroppyness is included)

i'm not overly worried, just wasn't expecting it!

Skribble Thu 19-Jul-07 22:38:47

I couldn't imagine my sweaty 7yr old DD not washing all over with shower gel. Doesn't need ant pespirant yet though.

Theresa Fri 20-Jul-07 15:01:36

this was mentioned on another thread that I was on. there was mention of anti perspirant and i think people said it wasnt a good idea for anyone so young? may want to check it out?

Furball Fri 20-Jul-07 15:12:25

I would sway towards those crystal deodorants (boots do them) rather than a harsh anti perspirant type thing.

LeafTurner Fri 20-Jul-07 16:26:42

Just to clarify - we saw the GP - who recommended we used a deodorant - quite different from an antiperspirant ! The Bionsen one my dd has is entirely natural - made from seaweed or something like that.

The issue with using anti-persps on kids is the aluminium in them. That is what is not recommended.

Theresa Sat 21-Jul-07 09:43:39

That's interesting LeafTurner, didnt want to cause any offence with my post, i think our school used to have a nurse pop in sometimes for in formal chats, i think may put a note on calendar for when we go back to have a word if she still comes

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