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An_216337 posted:
I have a grandson who has armpit odor & now has to wear deoderant. He is slim`built & ONLY 7 YEARS OLD! Is this bad?
Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Anon!

There is an article about preventing body odor from the WebMD Skin & Beauty Center that states:

Bromhidrosis (another word for body odor) happens at puberty because of increasing hormones called androgens. These hormones are not active until puberty, which is why body odor wasn't a problem when you were a kid.

Had your grandson had a complete check up lately? I think it is worth mentioning to a doctor.

Christopher Tiongson, MD replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Body odor can be one of the first signs of puberty. A checkup with your grandson's doctor can detect other signs. Puberty can start as early as age 8 for girls and age 9 for boys, so this might be a bit early. A check up sounds like a good idea.

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