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When do children begin to sweat and have body odor?
It may surprise you to learn that an increase in sweating -- and the inevitable potential for BO -- starts before puberty, usually between 8 and 10. Once these changes begin to take place, you can help your child prevent BO by teaching and encouraging good hygiene habits, including:
• Taking a bath or showering every morning to limit the bacteria on the skin, which makes sweat smell
• Taking a second bath or shower after sports or vigorous exercise
• Paying special attention to areas like the armpits, genitals, and feet when they wash
• Wearing clean underwear and socks each day
• Using deodorant on a daily basis starting around age 10 or 11
The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.