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Is smelling of honey a symptom of anything?

(6 Posts)
HerdOfTinyElephants Tue 30-Aug-11 20:52:57

Definitely honey, not pear drops or acetone or anything like that (although DH does sometimes describe it as "apricots". He has an odd sense of smell, though).

DD2 may have a genetic syndrome and if she does it may cause various health problems (one of those syndromes with a vast range of how badly you can be affected) -- in the normal course of things she'll probably start getting the relevant tests in a few months. But she does sometimes smell distinctly of honey and I find myself wondering, in an idle paranoid fashion, whether there's any significance to that. And, as so often, I thought "Mumsnet will know" (given that smelling of honey is her only real "symptom" I don't want to go running to the GP and have them look at me like this >> hmm).

headinhands Tue 30-Aug-11 22:05:29

Hi Herd, dd's underwear used to have a whiff of honey when she was little. She's 19 now and developmentally typical physically and cognitively. hth

Lougle Tue 30-Aug-11 22:16:40

Maple Syrup Urine Disease

Don't know if it is relevant?

sqweegiebeckenheim Tue 30-Aug-11 23:58:30

funny Lougle I thought of MSUD too.

HerdOfTinyElephants Wed 31-Aug-11 00:09:14

Hmm, she'd really have to be cursed to have MSUD as well as BOR (which is what she probably has). Fortunately the honey smell is more at the head end; her urine smells pretty much like normal baby pee AFAICS. Hope it's just a nice baby smell, then...

Thanks for all your input. You really can ask anything on Mumsnet!

DeWe Wed 31-Aug-11 16:37:31

Both my younger two had a sweetish smell when sweating, and as babies/toddlers sweat copeously, particularly at night. However they've grown out of it. I did ask my GP when someone said "smelly sweat = cystic fibrosis" (and I was in for something else) and he looked at me, sniffed them thoroughly, and said "very typical baby smell". He didn't look at me hmm even, though he probably felt like it. He's a nice chap.

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