Bacteria found naturally on the skin is what causes skin odour, not just sweat alone, contrary to popular belief. However, as your child begins to reach puberty, his hormones may make him sweat more, thus bringing the bacteria to the surface. If this is happening to your children, you may be considering the use of deodorant. With so many different kinds out there, it may be hard to tell which are safe and which are not.
Deodorant to Avoid
With so many products on the shelves at the store, the selection of deodorant may be a little overwhelming at first, especially if you're worried about the ingredients. You should avoid any that are made with non-natural ingredients such as aluminium, parabens and propylene glycol.
Dangers of Anti-Perspirants
Aluminium is associated with Alzheimer's Disease by the compounds that can accumulate in the brain. Parabens are a preservative that is currently under speculation of a risk factor for breast cancer. Propylene glycol is a neurotoxin that can cause dermatitis and possibly kidney and liver damage down the road. Anything that is considered an "anti-perspirant" is dangerous. Pores are clogged by aluminium salts that prevent sweating altogether, thus keeping the bacteria that comes out in sweat enclosed in the body.
Natural and Safe Deodorants
Crystal Body Deodorant is a brand of deodorant that is completely safe for children to use. This brand uses 100 per cent natural mineral salts that have nothing artificial in them and are lightly scented. Alba Clear Enzyme deodorant is also on the safe list, with light natural scents. Tom's of Maine also makes a safe deodorant for children to use, and are notably the first company to make such a product. However, it is important to note that Tom's of Maine does make an antiperspirant deodorant, so make sure to check the label before you make your purchase.
If you are looking more options, you can even try to make a homemade deodorant with simple ingredients found around your home. Try mixing baking soda and cornflour and patting on the area for a quick simple deodorant. To add some scent to it, add a few drops of lavender oil or a touch of cinnamon.