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Haha, I have no idea if it's normal or not. My 5 yo son gets really stinky, but it's usually after running around and sweating a lot. And let me tell you, that boy can SWEAT. After 30 min of basketball, ice skating, whatever, he is just drenched. If he doesn't get a bath that night, he turns into one stinky kid. But if he hasn't been sweating, I don't really notice an odor.
My nearly five year old gets stinky when it's hot or if he's been running around a lot (which is.. um.. all the time! he can't sit still, literally.) but it is different than adult or teen BO. I remember my little brother getting the same smell about him when he was outside playing and running around. We all said that he smelled like a puppy. Which is how my five year old smells, I hate to say it, but the smell reminds me of a stinky puppy LOL! We usually just bathe him and it takes care of the problem for at least 24 hours.
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I have a 5 year old, but he doesn't have BO yet. My 9 year old has the stinkiest feet I have ever smelled though. Seriously they smell like something died in his sneakers, lol.
If your 5 year old doesn't have "funny" skin like mine does then maybe you could try a stronger soap, like Dial or something that is supposed to last longer, OR Irish Springs has an 8 hour body wash that I buy my dh, it smells AWESOME and the scent really does last a long time too.
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DD is going to be 7 in June and like some of the other kiddos moms posted about, if she's running around or really really active, she'll be stinky. We use Irish Spring and that takes care of that until the next day, usually.
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OK I somehow came across this topic on a diff forum on JM sometime back while I was lurking. Here's a gist of what I read. If the BO is very adult like and also occurs soon after a bath or shower (say an hr later without any major physical activity) you need to get it checked out. Most pediatricians will brush it off BUT if the problem persists, it's upto us to press harder, because sometimes this could be a symptom of endocrine issues, precocious puberty etc. But since its such a subjective symptom, its up to us to watch and see how abnormal it is. Also want to mention that this is just the worst case scenario and in most cases it turns out to be nothing. And even if endocrine issues are discovered they are usually quite easy to treat. But diagnosis is the difficult part.