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Miriam1
Miriam1 asks:
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Body odor in a 7 year old - is this too early?

I have a very active child, who eats well but lately I noticed a faint body odor, is seven years old too early in life to have body odor?
Member Added on Oct 6, 2012
This is an update: My now 9 years old, is all fine, the odor went away about a year ago and all seems fine.
In Topics: Physical Health, Exercise and fitness
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Wayne Yankus
Jan 12, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Not really.  sometimes when there is a big growth spurt you might get a body odor that is usually short lived.  what would be of concern would be the appearance of the odor with secondary sex changes such as pubic hair or under arm hair. Get the advice of your pediatrician.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi Miriam,

I suggest that you talk to your son's pediatrician to see if there are any health concerns that could be causing the body odor (if it is a symptom of a larger health problem, or normal physical development for your son).

Here are some related resources on Education.com that you may also find helpful....

When Should Kids Start Using Deodorant?
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_When_Should_Kids/

Physical Growth (Ages 5-8)
http://www.education.com/topic/physical-development-ages-5-8/
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