So is a little smell from their clothes and body when they have been physically active all day. Body odor sweating in children of early age kids is not as apparent as it is in adults but it can sometimes be similar to that of grown-ups. Most times, regular bathing and proper hygiene can beat the odor. Other times, you may need medical intervention.
Body odor is caused when bacteria acts upon your sweat. To understand body odor, it is important to understand the anatomy of sweat. We have two types of sweat glands: the Eccrine sweat glands, which are present throughout the body, and the Apocrine sweat glands, which are limited to the perianal region and the armpits. The Eccrine sweat glands release sweat when you have fever, eat something spicy or when the temperature is high and conditions are hot. The sweat secreted by these glands is water-based and maintains an ideal body temperature.
The Apocrine glands are sensitive to adrenalin and can release sweat whenever you indulge in physical activity or experience any emotion like fear, anxiety and stress or when you are sexually stimulated. The sweat released by these glands is oily, opaque and odorless. But it can create odor on interaction with bacteria on the skin or clothes. In children, sweat is usually produced by the Eccrine glands. The Apocrine glands become active only during puberty.
Is Body Odor In A Child Normal? Children emit body odor that is not noticeable. Babies and children aged under eight do not usually have an odor. However, teenagers and preteens nearing or entering puberty may have a distinct odor. So if you get a whiff of bad odor from your 12-year old or teenager, it could simply be a sign of puberty.
Girls reach puberty earlier than boys. So if your little girl has started sweating and smelling like an adult even around eight years, it is a sign that she is growing. Boys, however, start emitting body odor after the age of nine. So if your three-year-old is getting smelly like adults, it is unusual and should be taken care of. Smell is the primary symptom of body odor. Night sweats: Your kid may sweat during his or her sleep. These symptoms are common when the endocrine system, a collection of hormone-producing glands, is affected by an infection or other condition.