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  #21  
April 27th, 2009, 05:54 AM
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Good Luck Ladies! Like I had mentioned before, my 6 year old has it, and the dr is keeping an eye for hormonal issues...I hope you all get some answers!!! Ava doesn't have any odor and she was big as well, so I'm not sure, but hormonal does seem likely, though my 6 year old is checking out completely healthy!!!!

Did you notice this when she was a baby?
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April 27th, 2009, 07:56 AM
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Alex has reflux too, he's been on Zantac since he was 1 month old!
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June 18th, 2009, 06:04 PM
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Hi Ladies! I am having the same problem with my almost 4 month old son.....I just noticed his under arms smell like B.O. when I was kissing his belly today....I googled it (bad idea for a new mommy!) and came across your post....I was just wondering what the doctor said was the cause of it? Did it ever go away or are your babies still experiencing it?
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June 18th, 2009, 06:32 PM
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Hi there!

When I took Alex in for his 4 month well baby (2 weeks ago) I told her about it and she said it is just because he is such a big, chubby baby, that it's hard to REALLY get him clean in all his folds and creases, and most likely some bacteria is getting trapped in his arm pits and causing the odor. I did the same thing you did, I googled it, and all sorts of horrible stuff came up, like metabolism problems, pituitary gland problems, etc etc etc.... I was really worried too but I have to believe that there is nothing really wrong with Alex.... he is growing really well, meeting all his milestones (ahead of schedule usually!) he is happy and content, etc.

So, probably the same thing with your baby. How long have you noticed with your baby?
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June 18th, 2009, 06:43 PM
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I just noticed it today....My baby is a pretty big boy too....He's almost 18 lbs and 26 inches long...I'm hoping its just trapped bacteria like you said....You've definitely set my mind at ease...No more Google.....lol.....Thanks so much!!!
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June 18th, 2009, 07:25 PM
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Sounds like we're in a similar situation then, our babies are about the same size. If your baby is growing well and meeting milestones on time, I seriously wouldn't worry about it! It's probably nothing, and if it weren't, there would be other signs! Have you talked to your ped about it?
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June 18th, 2009, 07:49 PM
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Not yet...He has his 4 month well baby visit on the 30th so I will mention it then...Did the body odor smell on your baby ever go away?
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June 19th, 2009, 04:29 AM
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Mine still has it. Its not awful, I dont smell it unlss I stick my hands under his arms and smell them. My ped said not to worry, it was no big deal. But he couldnt offer any explanation.
Actually 3 doctors said that, because Ive seen 3 diff ones in the practice that I asked.
I was worried too but I am trying to say 3 doctors must know something and "Megansmommy" doctor too so...lol I guess I have to stop worrying about it.
I blame my dh all the time because hes a sweater
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June 19th, 2009, 06:10 AM
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Mine still has it. Its not awful, I dont smell it unlss I stick my hands under his arms and smell them. My ped said not to worry, it was no big deal. But he couldnt offer any explanation.
Actually 3 doctors said that, because Ive seen 3 diff ones in the practice that I asked.
I was worried too but I am trying to say 3 doctors must know something and "Megansmommy" doctor too so...lol I guess I have to stop worrying about it.
I blame my dh all the time because hes a sweater
I totally know where you're coming from! I don't like it at all, but I just have to believe it's ok! I'm hoping he outgrows this issue as he gets bigger!
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June 19th, 2009, 11:33 AM
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I can't read all the responses but personally I would ask his pedi about it.
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Hello Ladies,

I am new to the website. I read your messages earlier this week and though I'm sad you are dealing with this issue, I was relieved to find out that I'm not alone. My son has a very adult body odor smell under his armpits. I first read the messages on this board the night before I was scheduled to take him to his pediatrician for this body odor problem. I'd like to share my story of what has happened this week with everyone. I hope I don't come across as being negative about anyone's doctor, but I really wanted all of you to hear what my pediatrician and dermatologist have said this week.

My son was born in May of this year and weighed 7 lbs 8 ozs at birth. I breast fed him for 6 weeks and then started him on Similac Sensitive. He now weighs almost 18 lbs so he is a very large healthy boy. His only issues seem to be that he burps constantly and he spits up more often in the last couple of weeks than ever before. When he takes a bottle, we burp him every ounce and he still burps all throughout the day. We use Dr. Brown's bottles with a premie nipple. Another thing that is odd but may not mean anything - until about a week ago, his spit up NEVER smelled like soured milk. Then last Thursday he spit up and it smelled terrible. Since then, sometimes it stinks and sometimes it has no odor at all.

Anyway, back to the point of my message... He is meeting every developmental milestone. Last week, when I first spoke with my pediatrician about the odor, I had given my son a bath so it wasn't present. The pediatrician seemed doubtful of what I was telling him because his experience was that only very sick children had this type of odor, which is due to their illness. This week I did not bathe my son for 36 hours and I took him to the pediatrician so he could smell the scent. He was very puzzled. In his 30 years of practicing medicine, he has seen two babies that had the same odor in their arm pits and both were extremely sick from birth. From the illness he described, I believe he was referring to PKU, which I'm sure you've all probably read about. He told me it was not normal for babies to have this odor.

He has referred us to see a genetics specialist because he has no idea what is causing the odor. He did stress to me that I shouldn't be overly alarmed at this point. He said we are not a typical patient that he would refer to this specialist because our son is so healthy. Our appointment with the genetics doctor is scheduled for early October.

Today, I had to see my dermatologist to have some suspicious areas removed. (Wear sunscreen...) She asked about my son and I told her that he is healthy and doing well, expect for the body odor problem. She immediately said it sounded to her like he may be lacking an enzyme in his digestive system. She said her office has seen patients with that problem. I told her that our doctor had referred us to a genetics specialist and she was surprised because most doctors ignore the problem. She was impressed that he had gone to that step and said that is exactly who we need to see. She asked me lots of questions about a history of miscarriages or mental retardation in the family, which there is none on either side. She specifically mentioned PKU and I said he is not exhibiting any other signs of it. She said there are other conditions similar to PKU but that aren't as severe. She told me that we needed to pursue what we are doing.

Have any of you been referred to a genetics specialist? If so, were there any findings? I hope I'm not causing anyone unnecessary concern, but I wanted to share what our experience has been thus far. If you would like, I will post the results of our appointment with the genetics doctor. Hopefully nothing is wrong at all, but if there is, I just want to get it resolved for my little guy...
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September 12th, 2009, 03:13 PM
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Thanks for all the info!!!! My baby does not have body odor, but I had jumped in a little bit because my 7 year old does. She started having a body odor at about 4 or 5 years old and has since. Her pedi mentioned a pituitary problem can cause BO as well, but didn't feel that was it since she isn't growing overly tall or hitting puberty early......I definitely think the testing doesn't hurt and may ask them to do it on her just to be safe!!!!!
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Hi, My baby is 5 months old and has a faint smell of body odor under his arm's, again dr has said not to worry. I am really worried and wondered if any of you have had any more developments in finding out why. Again my boy is larger than average he was 9lb 11oz at birth. I am sick with worry please tell me how you are all getting on.
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September 28th, 2009, 01:39 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give an update after my last post. We were able to get in earlier than October to see the Geneticist. He was a total jerk and completely blew us off because my son seems so healthy. One of the many things he said was along the lines of why are you so concerned about this body odor? I can't smell it from where I'm sitting so it isn't offensive to others. He also said "how do you know other babies don't have this odor? do you go around sniffing their armpits?" He said if we wanted, he could do some testing but he didn't really act concerned or interested. We asked if he would test his son in this situation and he said no. He recommended just watching him and if he starts having developmental issues, then testing him at that point. Needless to say, this guy was a jerk and we won't be returning to his office. By the time I got home, I decided I wasn't going to accept what he said because I wanted to know why my baby stinks.

I made him an appointment with my dermatologist. I bathed him on Monday at 8pm and our appointment was Wednesday at 10am. She took one whiff of his underarm and said "oh no, he should not have that odor." She did not recommend waiting to see if he starts having developmental issues because, if there is something going on, it could be damaging his liver. That same day she consulted with a Pediatric Geneticist at Children's Medical in Little Rock who told her what tests to order, which were all urine tests. Later that day, it occured to me that my aunt had died at the age of 11 due to a liver issue about 50 years ago. I contacted my dad and found out that she had Wilson's Disease, which is a genetic condition. I called my dermatologist back and told her this information so she added a bunch of blood work to the lab order.

The dermatologist's office called today to let me know that the blood work was back but they were still waiting on the urine. They wanted to fax the blood results to my pediatrician because some of them were out of range. The red blood cell count was low. I think she said Albumin was high but I can't remember because I was focused on what she said about the the copper serum, which was low. From the research I've done online, Wilson's Disease is where the body doesn't excrete copper because it's low on or missing the protein that attaches to copper and excretes. From what I've read online (I know, that's a bad thing to do... :-)), they do multiple tests to check for Wilson's, which is a rare disease. One of the tests is to check copper serum and low results may indicate Wilson's because the serum (there's a longer word for it) is the protein that attaches to copper for excretion.

Anyway, we don't have a diagnosis yet and a lot of this is what I've put together, but if we do end up with a diagnosis of Wilson's, everything about the odor would make sense. I realize this is a lot of speculation on my part, but I guess I just needed to share with someone. The good news is that Wilson's is very treatable and people with it can lead normal lives, as long as it is caught early enough.

Sorry for the long post but thanks to anyone who is listening. I will keep you posted with what happens.
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September 28th, 2009, 05:47 PM
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This totally caught my attention, so thank you! Alex still has the body odor he's always had, but you only notice it when you sniff under his arms. Now I'm worried again. Our pedi acted like it was no big deal, but I'm old enough to know that I should probably do my own research too. Ack! Worried, off to do research! Keep me posted on this please!
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Hello again - just a quick update. The urine tests are back and his homocystine level was low, but I'm not sure what that means. Based on all the test results the geneticist in Little Rock is willing to see us for further evaluation. I should know tomorrow when our appointment is. I'll keep you posted with results.
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Just an update to what I had posted earlier...I took my little man in June to his 4 month wellbaby check. I mentioned it to the pediatrician, and she could smell it herself but wasn't overly concerned about it at that time because he had no other symptoms. She told me if I noticed any hair growth under his arms, pubic area, etc. to bring him back in. About a week later, I was changing his diaper and noticed little blonde hairs growing on his scrotum. They didn't look like pubic hair but it still worried me, so back to the doctor we went. She sent us to a local hospital for blood work to have his testosterone checked because we were worried it could be precocious puberty. Those test results came back as slightly elevated. Our pediatrician contacted a pediatric endocrinologist and told her all about our situation. The pedi endocrinologist told us there was another blood test that could be done called an ultrasensitive blood test to get a better idea of where his levels are compared to other infants. She also said that babies have what they call a "mini puberty" that happens right around 4 months of age, where the hormones rise. I had never heard that before, but thats what the specialist said.

We went for the blood work, which all came back great!! No precocious puberty!! We were so relieved!! Dr told us it was just a benign condition that would eventually go away on its own, and it has! Just took a couple months.
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I have an eight month old son who has had stinky feet since he was three weeks old. His pedicatrician said he was fine. About a week ago I noticed that his armpits smeeled like an adult who worked out and sweated really bad without deodorant. My aunt told me that body odor is a sign of juvenile diabeties, so I called and made an appointment for him. His pediatrician said that body odor in babies is a sign of amino acid deficencies, but couldn't specify because there are so many amino acids. He took a urine sample and sent it to the lab, so now it is just a matter of waiting on the results.
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Hi

I am new here and my baby has the same problem I observed it 2 days back. Since this is an older post did anyone figure out anything? Tracey can you please reply if you have any update about this? Did your chil'd ped say something about it. Anyone else in this post?

I am kind of scared about this . I never heard a baby having body odor my baby had it under his armpits and no where else . He seems to be sweating a lot but he had this problem since he is 4 months old but never had BO. Do you this it is any kind of infection?
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Hi there fellow moms!!

I read all the posts, some new, some pretty old. My 9 mo old daughter has had BO since she was about 3 mo old. I told my ped about it at our 4mo well visit. She wasn't very concerned, said i was probably passing my hormones through my breast milk, but noted it in her chart. I brought it up again at her 6mo vist, again she wasn't concerned but said she would do a little research on the matter. I had just stopped breastfeeding so we couldn't rule out the hormone thing. We just went to our 9 month visit last Friday, Oct30. The very first question my ped asked was, "does she still have body odor?" I said yes, she smelled her pits, and immediately ordered blood tests and said she was setting me up to see an endocronologist at Vanderbilt (i live in Nashville, TN) She also said based on the blood work she may want to do a scan of her ovaries. At this point it happened fairly quickly and in hind sight I wished I would have written down what she kept calling the blood test. I should know the results from the bloodwork on Thursday, Nov5th. Needless to say, I am freakin out a little bit. A small amount of "research" online will make you think your baby has an incurable disease that there is little hope for!!!! I will post my results as soon as I hear anything pertinent. Moms: you know your baby better than anyone. If your gut is telling you something, share it with your ped. No question is ever stupid when it comes to your child. Fingers crossed!
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