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August 5, 2002

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Honea Path, South Carolina, USA: My eight year old daughter, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes a little over two years ago, has had a very bad body odor lately which smells like onions. She bathes regularly and uses deodorant, but the odor is still there. What could possibly be causing this odor?

Answer:

I’m sorry that I do not know the answer to your question. Your daughter’s situation does prompt questions of my own:

What of her smells of onions? Her sweat? Her urine? Her feet? Her underarms? Her breath?
Is she in good metabolic control with a good hemoglobin A1c?
Is she academically developing normally? Is she growing normally?

Please discuss with her general pediatrician as I am uncertain that this odor relates to her diabetes.

DS