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I♡C&R. 2 kids; Collinsville, IL, United States 25576 posts
Apr 4th '13
Quoting TheNuge:" She is 8! It's not just her. It HAS to be her clothes. I was a "big sis" for a "little sis" whose mom was a pig. She often went to school in smelly clothes. and, her sheets were rarely changed."

Her Mom needs to step up and help keep her clean. Poor little girl :(

La~La 4 kids; Houston, Texas 22036 posts
Apr 4th '13
Quoting Elovetta:" ... [snip!] ... her from embarrassment. What would you do if she had a PROPER bath and still is letting off enough odor to disrupt school?"

what kind of "foul odor"

Wiggity Wack 1 child; Connecticut 10780 posts
Apr 4th '13

They should take her to an endocrinologist. If lack of bathing isn't the problem then it's probably something hormonal.

Hy'ska 2 kids; Nope, Az, United States 50865 posts
Apr 4th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elena Gilbert:</b>" actually there is a condition (its rare). im not sure what its called either. but anyways its where the ... [snip!] ... eggs. and finally her parents did something about it. after years she finally found out what it was and had them removed.."</blockquote>

OMG that would be terrible.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23152 posts
Apr 4th '13
Quoting I♡C is TTC#2.:" Her Mom needs to step up and help keep her clean. Poor little girl :("

From what i have read, i think the mom is screwed up. She went to the news and said it's not medical and that the school's job is to keep her at school.
If the mom says it's not medical, she KNOWS the girl and/or her clothes smell foul but isnt doing anything about it.

Wiggity Wack 1 child; Connecticut 10780 posts
Apr 4th '13
Quoting Elovetta:" Yeah I feel bad for sharing this really but it's just crazy not to share..ugh lol"

Don't feel bad. The cat was already out of the bag when her mother went to the news.

Ellie Goulding 2 kids; London, --, United Kingdom 6218 posts
Apr 4th '13
Quoting Brandie Dawne:" homeschool and take her to a different Dr."

Yep. that's what I would do.

SR ♥ 1 child; V, AR, United States 7911 posts
Apr 4th '13
Quoting Just Ames:" Not possible. Unless there is an extreme medical condition I am unaware of. This is sad."

This is how I feel about it.

I KNOW that when clothes aren't washed, they stink. My mother offered to wash clothes for my late sisters boyfriend. They were covered in dog urine, etc. We loaded them in the back of the car and literally had to drive with our heads out the window from the smell. But......If you wash your clothes at least once a week, they shouldn't smell that bad.

If she bathes on a daily basis, uses soap, washes her hair, wears deodorant, and brushes her teeth, and wears clean clothes...I don't understand how she could possibly smell that bad without somesort of medical condition.

I think this case is a lack of care from the mother. Either she isn't making/letting her bathe, isn't teaching her proper hygiene, or isn't taking her to see a specialist. And she should not be sending her back to the school just to be made fun of and alienated.

When my nephew was a baby, maybe one or two. We realized that his armpits smelled SO bad. It wasn't from not bathing, he bathed everyday. We took him to the doctor and it was some sort of hormonal issue. The issue cleared up, but...It wasn't that hard to find the problem. If this mother took her daughter to the doctor, I'm sure the doctor would be able to smell her and see what the problem was her.

Wiggity Wack 1 child; Connecticut 10780 posts
Apr 4th '13

It could be that she isn't bathing properly or one of these:

Causes of Abnormal Body Odor:

Malodorous or offensive sweating, also known as bromhidrosis or osmidrosis, is the main culprit for abnormal odors of the body. In addition to poor hygiene, the following are the main causes for offensive body smells:

  • Apocrine bromhidrosis from the armpits. The action of normal bacterial flora in the underarms, especially the aerobic diphtheroids and micrococci, on the fats and small quantities of androgenic steroids secreted in the apocrine sweat, results in the formation of ammonia, short chain fatty acids and sterols. These are responsible for the musky or the urine like odor of the adult underarm sweat.
  • Increased sweating or hyperhidrosis, whether it is axillary hyperhidrosis, palmoplantar hyperhidrosis or generalized sweating, can cause maceration and bacterial multiplication in areas like the feet, groin, perineum, underarm, and in between the toes and feet and cause abnormal body odor. Obesity, diabetes and certain drugs increase the chances of smelly sweat.
  • Sweat can also become malodorous due to ingestion of certain food items like garlic, onion, fish, mutton (especially sheep) and spices. Alcohol, certain medications, and smoking contribute to the multitude of foul smells emanating from the body surface. The sweaty odors are more prominent during hot weather. Certain hormones contained in cow
Bangtail 50 kids; Houston, TX, United States 7754 posts
Apr 4th '13
Quoting TheNuge:" She is 8! It's not just her. It HAS to be her clothes. I was a "big sis" for a "little sis" whose mom was a pig. She often went to school in smelly clothes. and, her sheets were rarely changed."

I worked with a woman like that. She smelled awful. I can't even describe the smell. It was literally gag-inducing at times. Before I knew about the issue, I let her use my computer for something, and my chair smelled like crotch-rot for days. I know she had two kids in school, too, so I can't imagine how much crap they got at school for it.

Moses. Due October 27; 3 kids; Texas 16003 posts
Apr 4th '13

My cousin had a BAD BO problem, she stunk SO bad when she was little. My grandma took her to so many doctors, made she was bathing twice a day and FINALLY they determined it was a PH imbalance that required medication along with prescription soap and deodorant. If the mother knows there is a problem, she shouldn't stop searching for a cause. It's not normal for an 8 yr old to even need deodorant.

MonkeyMel 1 child; Moore, Oklahoma 26779 posts
Apr 4th '13

ALso, if this is the first year that this has been an issue (I don't know if it is or not, I didn't read the article), then it's probably not due to the mothers lack of care. Aren't some girl starting their periods as early as this age now? So, it makes since that this could be hormonal or a condition brought on by puberty.

Lucid Dreamer Florida 3888 posts
Apr 5th '13

I suspect a medical condition. If this is the case all the washing and deodorant in the world will not fix it. I don't believe CPS should have anything to do this unless it is proven the situation is appears to be neglect. The mother should also seek out another MD. Things are often misdiagnosed