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February 21st, 2010, 08:02 AM
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ii thought iit was pretty weiird too.. ii have a 3 month old and i woke up with him this morning and went to chAnge him and ii smelled really bad body odor.. at first ii thought iit was me lol ii knew iit wasnt but ii checked anyways. so i smelled aidens armpits.. OMG he reeked of body odor. and we juss gave him a bath last night too. he smelled like a grown man after working all day lol... so i guess im going to have to call the drs and see what ii should do. does anyone know if there iis such thing as baby deodarant lol.. if so someone please let me know,
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February 25th, 2010, 11:04 AM
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Bella is now 13 months old and still has moderate body odor. It doesn't seem to be as bad in the winter as the warmer months. Largely bc she has a barrier of clothing between her armpits I think, vs wearing tank tops and dresses in summer. We have an appt the end of March at an endocronologist doctor who will I guess be running tests that my pediatrician did not run. The endo dr. still wanted to see Bella even after the blood work came back normal for estrogen levels and such. I guess they know exactly what to be looking for.

I actually used my deod. on her in the summer months when the bo was out of control. My pediatrician told me not to, but she wasn't walking around with a stinky baby either....it didn't break her out so no harm done in my opinion...hehe

I will post the results of the dr. findings.
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November 23rd, 2010, 08:52 PM
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I know this article is old, 2008, but I have a 12 month old and just noticed yesterday that he has body odor too. Just in his arm pits. Smells of mans BO. I dont know what to do about it. Did you moma's ever figure anything out?
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May 12th, 2011, 09:04 PM
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Hi Ladies!

My son has had body odor in his armpits only since he was 2 months old!!! My pediatrician said that it may be a pituitary problem, which makes him produce too much testosterone, or too much growth hormone. She said to keep a watch on his testicles and body hair. If his testes get abnormally large and he has an abnormally heavy amount of body hair then they would start to worry, but otherwise its a phase, and maybe he'll grow out of it!! It still worries me though. He doesn't have any of those other symptoms, but his body odor is like a grown mans!!!!!! I hope its just a "phase". I'm thinking of requesting blood work as much as i hate it, to test his hormone levels, just to rule it out before maybe something goes on unlooked at for too long!! Good luck!
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May 13th, 2011, 06:29 AM
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I was one of the original posters on this topic. I had the same issue with my lo. hes 2 now. It honestly turned out to be nothing. I was worried it was hormonal too. My ped said it wasnt the most common this to have bo but it wasnt unheard of. She also said it was pretty rare that it was because of a hormone problem.
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May 13th, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Here this topic arises out of the wood works again. Has to be the longest running subject here

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May 13th, 2011, 04:32 PM
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Here this topic arises out of the wood works again. Has to be the longest running subject here
I think people find it when they google "baby body odor"..?

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May 13th, 2011, 05:19 PM
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It just reminds me how tough it can be getting to know your child as a mom. Thank God for the internet.

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September 22nd, 2011, 02:17 PM
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I have a 3 1/2 month old boy and he has body odor as well. Not just everyday baby stink when he spits up or drools, but straight up MAN smelling body odor. I haven't been able to find much on the internet so I may just have to take him to the doctors.
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February 20th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by proud momma View Post
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.
Dear Proud Mama -- I am not sure you'll get this since the post is so old, but I am very interested to know how your baby's tests turned out. My 5-month old baby boy has body odor in his armpits. I thought it might be just bacteria collecting in between baths, but now I am concerned it's a bigger issue.
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April 1st, 2017, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by proud momma View Post
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...
I'm new to this site. Last night I experienced the body odor smell with my 18 month old. I would appreciate information to help me. Thank you.
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