One mom's 8-year-old son has developed body odor. Is this normal? A pediatrician weighs in.
"I'm still in shock! How can my baby already have B.O.? He's too cute and hairless to have B.O., right?! LOL! As his mom, I just can't help but think that he's too young to have B.O. already.
"A few nights ago, we were playing hockey in the living room together as a family. Girls against boys -- of course, Stephy and I were kicking the boys' butts. Well, Chandler scored a goal and went to give his dad a "high 5," and that's when it happened. My hubby could hardly stand the smell that was coming from Chandler's little pits!
"Hubby told me to smell Chandler's pits, so of course I did. EWWWWWW, it was awful! How can such little pits have such big B.O.? He's never had it before, so it was totally new.
"We gave him a deodorant of his own and told him to use it every morning. He thinks he's so cool! But I just can't help but be shocked at the fact that my 8-year-old baby actually needed to use it."
We asked Dr. Cara Natterson to weigh in on this matter. "It's actually not uncommon for 8-year-olds to develop body odor," she says. "As hormones start to play a role in pre-tween bodies, for some kids the sweat glands respond by increasing sweat production. When this happens, the bacteria that normally grow on the skin multiply because the environment is hot and humid. It's these bacteria that make sweat smell. For all of these reasons, good basic hygiene (like daily showers that include washing with soap) and the use of deodorants can be very important for school-aged kids. And it's not always the armpits ... for some kids, the feet are the sweatiest (and the stinkiest)."
When did your kids develop body odor?
|Dr. Cara Natterson, a graduate of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and author of "Your Toddler: Head To Toe," is a pediatrician and mother of 2. She is working on her forthcoming book, "Dangerous or Safe?"|