Should your Kid Use a Deodorant?

Deodorant is a substance applied to the body to reduce the bad odor. They exist in various forms like spray, roll-on, and gel. However, there are some deodorants that also act as antiperspirants too. The main purpose of applying an antiperspirant is to prevent the body from sweating profusely.

Should kids use Deodorants?

The question of whether kids should or shouldn’t use deodorants depends on a few factors.

Normally body smell shouldn’t be a problem when a child is at a tender age and hasn’t reached the puberty. But if your child records noticeable body smell before attaining the puberty stage then it’s advisable to consult a doctor for further check-up.

At puberty, the physical changes in the body of the teen may call for deodorant. For example, the development of the armpit hair and sweat smell from them becomes noticeable.

Furthermore, at this youthful stage, kids engage in various physically straining activities. Besides, at this age the children are extra careful about their body smell.

So what’s the exact age when your child should start using deodorant?

Unfortunately, there isn’t one age for everyone. Moreover, girls reach the adolescent stage earlier than boys. It all depends on the manifestation of the puberty signs and the intensity of the body smell. When for instance the armpit smell becomes intolerable even after maintaining personal hygiene then deodorants become a good option.

However remember that at the preteen years the skin is extra sensitive to what’s applied on it, thus the deodorant which fits you may not be suitable for your kids.

Therefore when selecting the right deodorant for your kid avoid the following divisive ingredients;

1. Triclosan and parabens

Even though you may wish to control the bad odor from your child’s body, you wouldn’t desire to do so while compromising his health. Studies suggest that triclosan and parabens have negative effects on health. That includes altering the estrogen levels and triggering early puberty signs.

2. Alcohols

Even though simple alcohols have antibacterial properties, they can irritate a child. Thus it’s important to give your child the deodorant that’s free from simple alcohols.

3. Dyes and fragrance additives

To give deodorants their unique smell, most manufacturers use artificial dyes and fragrances. Often these uniquely formulated fragrances have questionable chemicals that could cause allergic reactions to the sensitive skins like that of children.

4. Aluminum

To the brightly colored clothes, aluminum may cause yellow stains. Furthermore, it may cause hormonal imbalance and lead to breast cancer; studies suggest.

On the other hand, a kid’s deodorant should also possess the following features;

5. Easy to apply

Children require deodorants that are easy to apply (for example when they are late) and leave no messy surface. Furthermore, spray deodorants are also not ideal for kids as they can easily inhale the vapor. Consequently, deodorant sticks and roll-ons are best.

6. Long-lasting protection

Think of the hormonal activities at puberty and the challenges of coping up with high school life. The last thing your child needs is the deodorant that has to be reapplied every few hours to produce a noticeable result. If you can get one that provides 24 hours protection, then go for it.


So the bottom line is; children can use deodorants especially when puberty strikes and hormonal changes swing up. Helping your child to manage bad body odor boosts up his confidence, and thus gives him the freedom to mix up with other kids. But choose the subtle, skin-friendly deodorant, for example, organic-based formulations. But even while doing that, encourage the child to maintain personal hygiene.

Paula Noble

I'm Paula Noble. I'm one of the leading freelancers in parenting and relationship niche among other niches that aim to improve our everyday life and also a motivational speaker. I'm a mother who prides herself with my three beautiful children. I graduated from Argosy University Washington, DC with BA Journalism, media studies, and communication. I worked as an editor for more than 10 years then quit to focus on personal projects. I contributed a lot to the journalism industry and had traveled the world mentoring the girl child to let their voices be heard. Some of my remarkable mentorship tours include Let Africa Speak. A tour that was aimed at strengthening the position of women in Africa with the primary focus being in the media industry. I believe that information is power and the person who controls it controls the world around them. This principle guides her through life and inspires most of my writing and ventures in life.

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