Is it time for your child to start wearing deodorant?
You may want to keep your child a baby forever, but kids grow up fast. In the blink of an eye, they’re starting kindergarten, learning how to ride a bike, and before you know it, they’re going through puberty.
Kids start puberty at different ages, with many girls beginning between the ages of 9 and 13 and many boys between 10 and 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source.
Puberty causes undeniable physical changes in your child, one of them being a distinct odour coming from your child.
Just about every parent expects their child to start wearing deodorant by their teenage years. But some children develop body odor at a much younger age. It’s not uncommon for a parent or child to start thinking about deodorant as early as 8, 9, or 10 years old.
You may feel your child is too young for deodorant. But the truth is, there’s no specific age for a child to start wearing deodorant. Each parent and child have to make a decision together based on what they feel is best.
Deodorant vs. antiperspirant
Some people use these terms interchangeably, or feel that antiperspirants and deodorants are the same thing. But there are clear differences between the two.
An antiperspirant is a product that stops perspiration, and a deodorant is a product that eliminates odour caused by sweat.
Since sweat is usually the underlying cause of body odour, you may look for products that only control perspiration.
Although an antiperspirant can be effective, some people are concerned about potentially harmful side effects of these products.
Side effects of antiperspirants
If you check the label of antiperspirants in your bathroom or on a retail shelf, you’ll find brands containing the ingredients aluminum chloride or aluminum zirconium. These ingredients work like a plug by constricting and stopping up sweat glands. If applied daily, your child may stop sweating completely or only sweat a small amount.
While aluminum-based antiperspirants are effective against sweat, it’s been suggested that aluminum and other ingredients founds in antiperspirants (parabens and propylene glycol) might be linked to an increased risk of some medical problems.
If you’re concerned about these ingredients, you can skip the antiperspirant and choose a gentle deodorant for your child or tween. If you need a product to mask your child’s body odour, and you prefer a product that doesn’t contain parabens, or other similar ingredients, then you might want to try the range of Motley Crew Roll-on Deodorants.
They are PH balanced, paraben free and endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty, plus they come in some amazing scents.
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