Why does my child smell when he's extremely upset?
March 22, 2011 8:15 PM Subscribe
My son has severe rages. When he has these meltdowns, he gives off a certain odor. It isn't sweat. Any idea what's going on?
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He had a big meltdown at his therapy session this afternoon, and his therapist mentioned the way he smells when he's raging. I'd thought it was something all kids do when they get that worked up, but the therapist -- who has certainly seen her fair share of rages -- said no, she's the only one of her clients who does this.
He's eight years old, physically healthy, bathes reasonably often, and doesn't have a diet that's remarkable in any way. The smell has persisted through various medications and times when he hasn't been taking anything. I don't remember when it started, but it's been at least a year and probably much longer. He has severe ADHD and related issues.
Has anyone else run into this odor? Do you know what it is?