At what age do children become aware of smells?
Our 6yr old told us tonight that he can't smell his own farts.
I kind of figured that because it doesn't seem to phase him when he's sitting in a cloud of them and the rest of us are dying.
But when asked a few more questions he says he can't smell anything.
Recently my DS2 sprayed perfume all over himself but when I asked DS1 why he didn't come tell me, he said he didn't smell it.
Is that normal?
I always thought children could smell but just weren't as bothered by pongs like adults are.
It's just that he's a really bad eater too and I'm wondering now if the two go hand in hand.
DH asked him tonight to describe the taste of his food and he described the texture instead.
Am I worrying about nothing?
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09-11-2014 20:09 #1
Bit of a weird one but...
09-11-2014 20:22 #2
Does he comment on taste? Tasting and smelling go hand in hand.
Might be worth investigating with the Dr if he can't 'taste' foods. I'm not really sure how you ask a 6 year old if they can taste though.
I used to work with someone who had no sense of smell. .. And she also had no idea about tastes either.
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09-11-2014 20:23 #3
If that were my child, I'd be heading to the gp for a referral to ent.
My dds have been able to smell always. Even as a really little child, dd1 hated the smell of poo of farts. I couldn't get away with anything, lol!
09-11-2014 20:24 #4
I know DS ( just turned 4) always yells out when his younger cousin has done a poo as he says she stinks and needs a nappy change! He's always had a good sense of smell though - interesting, I wonder if that helps in why he is a good eater?
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09-11-2014 20:32 #5
@Tamtam, he said he liked his naan bread tonight.
In general though, he likes fairly bland food.
His brother will eat anything and love strong tasting food but DS1 prefers pasta with no sauce, plain rice, things like that.
He does love chocolate and crisps, so there has to be some taste going on there but maybe it's not as strong as it should be.
Jees I hope this isn't something we should have detected a long time ago.
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09-11-2014 20:48 #6
I think it's something like 90% of taste is influenced by smell. My DS is 16 months and reacts when he smells his favorite foods, he gets excited before he can even see the food.
My stepdad had no sense of smell, and it didn't really phase him or affect his life at all. It affected us though cause he would let rip with stinky farts and it wouldn't bother him but we'd all be running from the room!
Worth getting it checked out by an ENT tough just to make sure there's no underlying issues.
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09-11-2014 20:53 #7
I think we'll try out a few different tastes and smells on him tomorrow and see where it goes but I do think it's worth a check up as well, just in case.
09-11-2014 20:55 #8
My DD is 14 months and she's always crinkled her nose up if I'm changing her pooey nappy
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09-11-2014 20:57 #9Senior Member
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My DS1 couldn't smell, and couldn't taste much. He had very large adenoids and severe chronic hayfever. I knew he couldn't smell much but one day when I was sick and had eucalyptus oil on a tissue he tried to smell it and couldn't; he took the lid off the bottle and took a nice deep breath and still couldn't smell it!! I didn't realise it was quite that bad until then!
He has now had his adenoids out, but still has the severe hayfever, so he can smell better than he used to now, though probably still not perfect.
I would take mention it to the GP next time you're there.
09-11-2014 20:58 #10
I'm pretty sure kids can smell from babies, they can smell mums milk. I put different things such and lemons and flowers under 6mth old ds nose and I'm sure he can smell.
Head off to the gp and get him checked out but no need for guilts, you are doing an awesome job.
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