My Five year old daughter smells under her arms....

Melissa - posted on 08/14/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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OK I know it may sound funny but she has had this problem since she has been like 4... I bath her every night and if she is active in the slightest way she smells under her arms.... I told our family Dr. about it and he said she may have over active sweat glands, that she was to young for deordant but to apply baby powder there after her bath/shower! I do and it helps a bit but yesterday I was about to apply the powder and I noticed she is getting some long hair under her arms now. There are about 3 under each arm! Should I be worried? I was thinking that the smelling was a bit early but now there is hair and I am wondering if maybe she has something wrong with her hormones... What would you do ????

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Jocelyn - posted on 08/08/2012

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I noticed this post was a few yrs ago but in case any of you still want answers I have it or what it could be. My daughter is nine now but when she was three it all started to had the b.o smell in her armpits and the hair as well and also in her vagina. And I freaked cause I knew it was way to early for a girl at only three yrs old. Thank god her doctor was so knowledgeable cause she knew exactly what it was and referred me to an Endocrinologist who confirmed she had premature adrenarchy with advanced bone age. I hope this helps

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Anita - posted on 07/17/2013

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Puberty at 5 is very worrying I would take her back to the doctors because she is way to young to understand about what her body may be going through and if your doctor isn't to helpful then a second opinion is a must. Hope all goes well

Carisha - posted on 07/16/2013

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Thanks for all the help. I will definitely make Alana an appointment,so scary to think she may take this on at an early age.

Natasha - posted on 09/12/2009

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My daughter is four with similar symptoms and hair growth. Her doctor said it is precocious puberty. She was seen by an endocrinologist and had her hormone levels tested and her testosterone levels are high. Right now, her doctor is monitoring her. You should have her seen by an endocrinologist. Even if there is nothing they can do, at least you know. Hope this helps.

Pnina - posted on 09/12/2009

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Actually, a shocking number of girls are beginning puberty far too early lately. Considering all of the hormones in our meat and dairy products it is not entirely surprising. I would definitely look at her diet, and switch any meat (beef in particular) to organic (no hormones or antibiotics). Make sure that any milk, cheese, etc is also hormone free. Meanwhile, report the hair growth to her pediatrician, and prepare yourself for the possibility that she may soon experience some other body changes. :(

Marsha - posted on 08/15/2009

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It could be precocious puberty. Look on the website kidshealth.org and do a search there. I would definately check with the doctor if there is hair beginning to grow at 5. My girls 10, 8 and 5 all have smelly armpits. I have all of them use deodorant daily, even the five year old. She shows no other signs of puberty at this point. Kids today are doing everything early! It's strange how this was so rare in our day.

Kim - posted on 08/15/2009

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That sounds like my niece. She is 7 but at 6 years old, she was starting to grow breasts, sweating from under the arms and smelling, breaking out on her forehead and growing hair you know where. The doctor told her mom it was something like hormonaly developing early. Sorry I can't remember what exactly it was but I will ask her and get back to you. Not sure if it is a connection but she was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes then all this started happening a few months later. Did you tell the doctor about the hair?

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