Pajamas smell like Maple Syrup??

Shari - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My daughters pajamas smell like Maple Syrup after she has worn them for 2 days. Has this happened to anyone else? (No she hasn't had maple syrup on pancakes or any thing else for that matter.) I know there is a metabolic disease that can make urine smell like Maple syrup but her urine doesn't smell that way (at least not her fresh wet diapers) and she's not exhibiting any other symptoms. I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed this phenomenon. (She has a twin brother and his pajamas smell fine.)

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Kelly - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hey Shari,

It may be nothing more than that your daughter needs more vegetables in her diet, because the smell can be from eating too much protein, but there is another possible cause that you should have your pediatrician check out. See below:

"Maple syrup urine disease or MSUD refers to a rare inherited metabolic condition. The first form results from a deficient enzyme (branched-chain alpha-keto acid dehydrogenase, BCKD) necessary for the breakdown of the amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine. Without this enzyme, these amino acids build up to toxic levels in the body. If left untreated, this leads to brain damage and progressive nervous system degeneration in infants. Babies that suffer from the mild form have a sugary smell. Adults may have a burned sugar smell to urine. There second form responds well to the vitamin thiamine. It is reported that the patients smell like caramel, maple syrup or have a malty odor. "

Andrea - posted on 03/08/2012

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I have two boys and if either of them pee in their pants at night when the urine dries it smells like maple syrup. I think sometimes we are our own worst enemy when it comes to information. I'm guessing she probably dribbled or peed in her jammies in the night and it dried. If this happens with my boys and I happen to miss it (they change their clothes and don't tell me they had an accident) and the urine dries, I find it a VERY difficult to get the smell out of their clothing. I usually have to wash the clothing a few times on hot to get the smell out. Don't worry yourself. I highly doubt there is a rare metabolic disease going on. If she is otherwise healthy and eats, sleeps, poops, and is active, just switch to a fresh pair a pajamas every night and call it a day.

Amy - posted on 02/21/2010

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I was so glad to see your post because I've noticed this, too! My son is very healthy and sees the pediatrician regularly, so I don't think it's a health issue. One thing I thought of - and I could be totally crazy - is if the pjs have some sort of flame retardant built in or something - I only notice the maple syrup smell when he's wearing his fleece pjs - no other time. I'm going to google this and see if I can find any other info!

Francesca - posted on 03/14/2013

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Just went today to the pediatrician for this as my son has this happen so often, but really, it makes the wetting the bed every night easier to handle. My son peed in a cup to rule out diabetes (the second time we have been ruling diabetes out). The doctor came in shortly after with lab work for us to go do and told me we will be getting an appointment with a genetic doctor within two weeks.

Jessica - posted on 10/26/2011

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Every kid has their own personal scent. My daughter used to smell like roses when she would sweat. If you are worried I would call the pediatrician but if they are not concerned than it is probably just her body scent, enjoy it as it doesnt last forever.

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Victoria - posted on 03/13/2014

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I just watched a medical show about urine smelling like Maple Syrup and it was called Maple Syrup Urine Syndrom. I'd see a peditrican if the little one is fussy and has this smell. Although, after reading many of the comments, it seems that many smell this on their children's PJ's - just wondering what the name brand of the PJ's are? Many of the comments above stated it was on PJ's which leads me to question what the PJ's are made of and if they are all the same.

Monica - posted on 10/25/2011

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Both of my five year old twins wakeup with this when they have accidents. I am taking them to the doc next week to rule out diabetes and msud. Better safe than sorry!

Laura - posted on 02/22/2010

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My children all have their own unique smells. My guess would be that it's the sweat from while they're sleeping (even in winter they may still sweat). Also it could be a linguring smell from her overnight nappy, which because it's on for longer would be a bit stale, so is likely to leave a smell to her pj's.

Gayle - posted on 02/22/2010

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Considering how"rare" this is supposed to be there are a lot of people here who have the same thing going on.....I have noticed with my daughter that if her diaper leaks at night and she is wearing those thermal footie pj's it dries quickly and leaves that maple syrup smell...it's prolly just the smell of dried warmed over pee.

Anna - posted on 02/22/2010

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My son smells the same. For those of you concerned enough to call your pediatrician please tell us what they say! I am not there quite yet as we are dealing with a fever and double ear infection - enough right now. Thanks.

Cory - posted on 02/22/2010

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i babysit my neice and for almost a year, every morning she would smell like syrup, and yes they brought her to me in her pajamas.i never thought much about it, and she doesnt smell that way anymore...if theres no other symtoms i wouldnt stress over it, but you may go ahead and say something to your ped. just so you feel better about it.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2010

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I read a lot of baby board posts and I've sen this question pop up a few times. I think it's worth seeing/talking to your pedi. The only other potential cause I haven't seen in other responses would be if you were taking fenugreek and still breastfeeding.

Amy - posted on 02/21/2010

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I googled this and a lot of other parents have posted on this same topic. Does your daughter eat a lot of fruit? That was one conclusion that people came to (and was confirmed by some pediatricians - according to those posting). I know my son could live on fruit - he eats massive amounts, so it would make sense.

April - posted on 02/21/2010

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my daughter gets this as well. I have no idea what it is She gets it when I don't give her a bath for a couple of days. (I don't bathe her that often in winter as she has very bad excema). I am curious if there is an explanation for this too!

Michelle - posted on 02/21/2010

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Wow, I always thought it was just me, and my stupid nose. It is so weird that you said this, I have three girls and all of them have had this "sweet smell" at about this age, I could never put my finger quite on what it was like, but maple is dead on. I always thought it was in my head, but after reading all the other replys, I know that I am not crazy, or at least not about that, LOL. Sorry to say that they do grow out of it, at about 3 years, I do catch a whiff sometimes from my daughter who is almost 4, but most of the time not. I have three very healthy girls, 11, 3 3/4, and 1 3/4. None of them have any health issues, have met all of their milstones, eat just about anything, love veggies, or anything else I am eating ( Mom Joke), and all are a health weight. So I say enjoy it while you can, because all too soon it becomes a sweet memory.

Wendy - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter too! But I always thought it was because I took Fenugreek (not sure how to spell that) when I was nursing to help with milk production. I am not nursing anymore...but that maple syrup smell is still there on her pj's every now an then! I think I will make an appointment with the ped. as well!

Rachel - posted on 02/20/2010

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If you´re concerned, I would call your pediatrician for an appointment. People are only going to panic you otherwise. Good luck!

Rachael - posted on 02/19/2010

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I think it's just their sweat. My daughter's "Jammies" smell like that on occasion.

Erin - posted on 02/19/2010

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I've noticed that smell on my sons pj's after his diaper has leaked some pee over night, or if he wears the same pj's 2 nights in a row. I've only noticed it happening to the fleece-like, pj's for some reason. I've never thought much of it, I don't think it's too big of a deal. :)

Sonja - posted on 02/18/2010

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Oh...hmm...guess I'll be taking my son to the Dr... cause I've noticed he smells like Maple Syrup as well...I always thought maybe my family was feeding him pancakes a lot... Thanks ladies. :) I'd rather take him to the Dr and have it be nothing than not take him and have it be something bad...

Melaina - posted on 02/18/2010

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I don't really know for sure, but I've hear that smelling usually sweet could be a possible symptom of diabetes. Are there any other signs that could suggest that? If there's nothing else going on I wouldn't be too worried about it, but maybe mention it to a doctor to be sure.

Krystina - posted on 02/18/2010

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Yes. I have had that happen often too, and no, mine doesn't eat maple syrup either. I usually let her wear her pajamas to bed for only 2 nights too. I thought it was just my mind playing tricks on me! Not sure what would cause it, didn't know about the metabolic desease that can cause maple syrup smelling urine.

Renee - posted on 02/17/2010

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I have noticed this as well for my son...During the day his wet diapers do not smell like syrup, but I too also notice the smell on his PJs in the morning after the 2nd day of wearing them. I thought I was just crazy and smelling things. After reading Kelly's reply I am starting to wonder if something is wrong with my son now...The last few days he has gotten really clumsy and is tripping over his own feet falling flat on his face or butt. My doesn't eat a lot of meat products at all, I am actually very happy when I can get some in him!! He eats a lot of fruit and veggies in his diet.

Angela - posted on 01/13/2010

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I too have noticed that...I just figure it's because she's so sweet. LOL

Philitsa - posted on 01/13/2010

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I sometimes catch of whiff of that smell from my daughter, although we change her pajamas daily. I always attributed it to a stale baby wash odor. We used to bathe her and wash her hair with Johnson's Bedtime Bath at night, put on her pajamas, and she'd sometimes wake up smelling like syrup.

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