Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Racoon | 2010-05-28

Q.

Baby''s sense of smell

Dear Paed

A question more out of curiosity. When do little people start developing a sense of smell, ie being able to smell foul-smelling substances. Reason I ask, is that we''re trying Similac Alimentum, and its smells so bad that it makes me gag! Little one is very happy with it however despite the terrible smell...so guess he must not mind the stinky odor?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a very good question. Babies are thought to develop a sense of smell very soon after birth.Studies have shown that babies who cannot yet fix their eyes on their mother's face are able to recognise their mother by her particlular smell.Their taste becomes more developed at about 4 months and it is rather difficult to get a baby to take a formula such as Similac Alimentum when they are older than 4 to 6 months

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