Kids are starting puberty younger and younger these days so it’s not uncommon to have a smelly toddler running around.
We all expect our little toddlers to be running around and playing wild and free, some a little more active than others - but that’s just a personality thing. What we might not have expected is our toddlers underarms stinking like a teenager’s armpit. While this may be unusual, it isn’t abnormal. There are various safe and natural solutions to helping your toddler smell babylicious. Here are our tips for pampering your toddler so that they smell as sweet as they are (most of the time anyway).
Your Toddler’s Bath Routine for Eliminating Body Odor
AAP suggests bathing 2-3 times a week, but to consider increasing to 4-5 while using natural or mild soaps and lotions. While it may not always be the easiest of activities to get your child into the bath, it is one of the best alternatives for eliminating odor without getting your child started on a natural deodorant first.
If your child is a little stinky, adjust their diet. The foods we eat directly impact the way we smell, no matter what age we are. Increase water, fruits and vegetables into their daily diet, while limiting dairy, sweets and fatty foods. Garlic, onion and dairy isn’t going to make your child’s underarms smell like roses, but can make their underarms smell like sulfur. Eliminating these ingredients may be even easier than increasing their weekly bath routine. But if you want a quick turnover, we recommend implementing both suggestions for faster results.
Natural Deodorant Options
Always consult with your child’s pediatrician to confirm a hormone imbalance before starting deodorant. You may notice other symptoms in the odor of their urine and so on, and in this case you should consult with a professional. If you’re sure it’s just unique to this child of yours and there is no hormonal imbalance and you want to start with a deodorant for your child, make sure not to start with an antiperspirant. Antiperspirants usually contain aluminum, which is not an ingredient you want your child to come in contact with daily.
If you’re considering adding a natural deodorant to your toddler’s clean and care routine, know that you’re not the only one. All of us are different and unique in our own ways, and some of us sweat, stink, laugh and cry more than others. Before getting into a deodorant ritual for your child, make sure to do a small patch test first to ensure they don’t have any allergic reactions to any of the ingredients in their natural deodorant. And please, always consult with a pediatrician who you trust first, it’s always best to get a professional's opinion and feedback.
We want to save your nose but we don’t want to mess things up by starting the deodorant process earlier than necessary. Try a natural deodorant after you’ve consulted with your pediatrician and have implemented the options above (ie bath and diet) without much success.