Maple syrup smell...

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tybaysmom's picture
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Maple syrup smell...

This may sound odd, but the past couple days Jayden has smelled like maple syrup. He hasn't had any syrup lately. I noticed it this morning and yesterday morning when I went to take his diaper off in the morning. He wears a diaper at night and it's always wet in the am. It seems like it might be the urine mixing with the diaper chemicals. Know what I mean?
Anyone else experienced this?
I wonder if I should call the doc or if I'm just being paranoid. I smelled his jammies after I took them off and it totally smells like syrup. Weird!!

So I googled it a little bit and called the doc. The nurse will be calling me back. Damn I wish I wasn't so friggin paranoid!

Allie01979's picture
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i've noticed this with Aidan before, I've always forgotten to Google it though, maybe I shouldn't??

Karrie5's picture
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All my kids have had this at different times. I googled it too and freaked a bit. There's a disease called Maple Syrup Urine disease, but after reading more about it, it's something that they would be born with and they wouldn't survive this long without treatment, so definately not that. I did ask the pedi about it when Logan was little (he was the worst one for it) and she said it's not anything to worry about, just something about the concentration of his urine...I can't remember exactly.

tybaysmom's picture
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Yah I read about that disease too. It made me feel better that it said it's diagnosed when they are infants.
I'm glad you guys know what I'm talking about!

toothy35's picture
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i know i've smelled maple syrup, too........nothing that alarmed me......just one of those......huh.....you smell like maple syrup!!! i hope it's nothing......i just assumed it was because we are always eating it...i hope it's nothing!!!! KUP'd...

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Maybe TMI, but it happens to me sometimes! I have decided that for me it's something about certain flavors of coffee (I have a keurig and drink lots of flavored ones).

The "golden french toast" flavor is the worst!

I don't think you're necessarily giving your kid coffee, but is there something with artificial sweeteners he's been eating more of lately?

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Both my kiddos and myself have had that too. I don't know where in the world it comes from, but I always thought it was something that had fennugreek in it. Only because of my association of smelling like that when I was using it to increase my milk supply with Jax. Fennugreek is used in a lot of things as an artificial maple flavoring, not just maple syrup.

tybaysmom's picture
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"Karrie5" wrote:

All my kids have had this at different times. I googled it too and freaked a bit. There's a disease called Maple Syrup Urine disease, but after reading more about it, it's something that they would be born with and they wouldn't survive this long without treatment, so definately not that. I did ask the pedi about it when Logan was little (he was the worst one for it) and she said it's not anything to worry about, just something about the concentration of his urine...I can't remember exactly.

Yep, that's what the doc said....it's nothing to worry about, it has to do with the concentration of the urine.

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WTF? I hope it's nothing... and if it is nothing, then I want my family to have Maple syrup pee! Especially DH.

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I thought about ketones in the urine making it smell like that, like when you eat more protein than carbs/sugar??? But obviously that's not the right answer if the doc said it's just the concentration, I'm glad it's an easy solution!!!!

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"stupidcomputer" wrote:

WTF? I hope it's nothing... and if it is nothing, then I want my family to have Maple syrup pee! Especially DH.

ROFL