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    What causes strong foul smelling urine odor in the hair?

Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017 in Child Health
Question: my grandson has a constant stale urine smell in his hair. His mother claims she bathes him daily. His clothes are always clean, but he carries this odor with him at all times. We bathe him upon arrival at our house, otherwise the smell would be overpowering.
Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Could be an indicator of some metabolic problem

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone through your query carefully and understand your concerns. I would need to ask you the age of your grandson, is it 4 months or 4 years?

I would also need to ask how long this has been occurring and whether it has been like this since birth. Also, let me know if the situation was like that or whether it suddenly changed. If suddenly changed, from when?

I would await any other inputs. I would also insist you to give him plenty of water to drink. Hopefully, that would make a difference. If it does not make a difference it could be an indication of some underlying metabolic disorder like certain aminoacidurias. This will call for a 57-panel metabolic screening test or alike.

I would be able to comment further after these requested inputs from you.

Let me know if I could help further.


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