smelly armpits - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-12-2005, 10:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
Wilhemina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Villa Villekulla
Posts: 2,255
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What a title!

My dd, age 6, sometimes has smelly, sweaty armpits. I thought this wasn't suppose to happen until puberty?

DH is adopted and of undetermined genetic heritage. Could it be that some ethnic groups are more prone to this? (No one in my family has ever heard of this.) I fear it is her diet of soymilk that has brought this on. She bf for over 4 years, but started drinking soymilk as a toddler.

Any thoughts? Advice? Experience?

edited to say: I don't want a debate about soy! I have been and continue to do research about this.
Wilhemina is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-13-2005, 03:39 PM
 
annethcz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: on the beautiful prairie of MN
Posts: 9,825
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No issues yet with my own kids. But, I've been a teacher for kindergarden-age bible school class, and I couldn't believe how smelly some of those kids were. I'm not sure of the exact ethnic heritage of the smelliest kids, but they were caucasian. It was really bad after they came back from recreation time (in the gym or running around outside).

I haven't noticed it with this year's batch of 1st graders, but then it's winter and the kids aren't running around as much.

Underarm stinkiness in a 6 year old probably falls under the category of 'unusual but not unheard of'.

New signature, same old me: Ann- mama of 2 boys and 2 girls, partnered to a fabulous man.
I'm an unintentional weasel feeder and I suck at proofreading.
annethcz is offline  
Old 01-13-2005, 04:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
Wilhemina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Villa Villekulla
Posts: 2,255
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thank you, Annethcz! That is a bit of a relief.
Wilhemina is offline  
Old 01-13-2005, 04:52 PM
 
stayathomecristi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Central VA
Posts: 1,552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Definitely not unheard of! My dd is one of those kids who started stinking early. I was very surprised also. Do your dc's feet stink too? dd's do peeeee ewwwwwww!

I doubt it has anything to do with soy because my dd didn't have any soy and she still smells--lol.

She was about 5 when I noticed her body odor. The doc said I could start her on deodorant!!!! I waited a while, but when washing twice a day didn't help the situation I got her a no-aluminum deodorant. Aluminum is really bad for you.

so, there you have it. You're not alone :-)
stayathomecristi is offline  
Old 01-14-2005, 11:08 AM
 
Alkenny's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: ...life is beautiful all the time
Posts: 11,719
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My older DS is the same way. He's 9 now, but he's been wearing deodorant since he was in kindergarten. It wasn't just the stinky little kid sweat, but regular grown man B.O.! YUCK!

The funny thing is, my DH doesn't smell at all...never does, with no deodorant or anything.

My cousin's little girl is 7 and she's been going through the same thing. She's part Afro-American, my DS is part native American (my side, DH is not), so I don't know if it has anything to do with heritage or not. The soy thing doesn't even come into factor with either one.
Alkenny is offline  
Old 01-14-2005, 11:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
Wilhemina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Villa Villekulla
Posts: 2,255
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks everyone. I guess it is weird, but not unheard of.

Guess my mama-guilt lever was on overdrive with the soy fears.

Alkenny, I know what you mean about the nature of the smell. It is not that little kid puppy smell, it is B.O. Just too strange coming from a kindergartender.
Wilhemina is offline  
Old 01-14-2005, 11:45 AM
 
dziejen's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 1,440
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My dd has not had soy and we noticed this starting this year (age 8). It's probably varied for every child and depends on their activity level and genetics and all that.
dziejen is offline  
Old 01-14-2005, 04:39 PM
 
Eaglevoice's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Southern California
Posts: 3,334
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My DSD is 8 and she started wearing deordorant a couple of years ago. When she forgets to put it on, she can stink up an entire room!!! It's insane! But I remember using deordorant for the first time when I was really young, too...

Jenn, future midwife, mama to 2 sweet girls (6/05) and (5/07). 
Eaglevoice is offline  
Old 01-17-2005, 10:48 PM
A&A
 
A&A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 16,186
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Puberty is a long process, and body odor IS part of that process. There are a lot of environmental reasons that girls are going through puberty younger.........rbgh in cow's milk (which we try to avoid), hormone disruptors in plastics, etc. My dd is 7 and has some body odor from time to time.

I read that the "experts" no longer believe signs of puberty to be "early" unless they occur before age 6.

"Our task is not to see the future, but to enable it."
A&A is offline  
Old 01-17-2005, 11:08 PM
 
musingmama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Seattle
Posts: 420
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my understanding is that smelly armpits come from growth of bacteria under the arms. sweating is natural. We use a "deodorant stone"- all natural mineral salt crystal that you rub under your arms like deodorant but w/o the goo and chemicals, its a very old type of deodorant that works great naturally by killing the bacteria!
you can find them in natural health stores or in trader joes (if your lucky tohave one of those nearby!)

homeschooling mama to 8 yr old biggrinbounce.gif with a new little one(5-5-2011) babyf.gif...  h20homebirth.gif

musingmama is offline  
Old 01-19-2005, 06:34 PM
 
boomingranny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: electric ladyland
Posts: 532
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my dd started being stinky under the pits at age 5 1/2....we use talc free powder under her arms. Crabtree and Evelyn make nice but expensive rose scented talc free powder. she also washes her pits..it is alarming at first but she's cool with it, so I just hide the neurotic mommy stuff as best as I can
boomingranny is offline  
Old 01-19-2005, 07:09 PM
 
Jish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: in a constant state of chaos
Posts: 5,233
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My ds is six and has BO and we aren't big soy people. Thankfully, it doesn't often smell up a room, but if he goes for a day or two without a bath it gets pretty bad if you're close to him. He uses coast deoderant soap on the pits.
Jish is offline  
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off