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Question: 4 year old armpit odor

 kayaly1 - Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:28 pm

I have recently noticed a very stong body odor coming from my 4 1/2 year old's armpits. Is this something I should be concerned with or maybe just give her a mild deoderant? I bathe her every other day. Thank you for your time.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:07 am

User avatar Prepubertal children do not typically have body odor. The presence of body odor may be a sign of premature andrenarchy (early production of adrenal hormones).

This condition, in itself, is not a problem; however, it may be a sign of precocious puberty (early onset of puberty). This would be something that should be treated.

I would recommend that you have your daughter evaluated for any other signs of puberty. If there are none, she should have regular examinations to ensure that puberty is not beginning early. If puberty is noted, she should see an endocrinologist to help stop it.

Best wishes.
 kayaly1 - Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:15 pm

Thank you Dr. Lowe. I will get her to the Pediatrician this week.

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