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8yo daughter say she can't smell anything

  • Posted By: cloejo
  • February 24, 2008
  • 11:58 AM

this has me really worried, she says she can't ever remember smelling anything. Nothing, not perfume, nor bacon nor bleach in the loo. She had her tonsils, adenoids out and grommets put in when she was 3....is this a likely cause?
Someone enlighten me....I'm really concerned as the thought of this is scary. I mean isn't our sense of smell intrinsic in keeping us safe from danger.

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  • Can she taste? I do know a woman who was born with no sense of smell, and she can't taste anything either. I know this won't help you other than to know that it is possible and has happened. I would see the Dr.
    Willow6886 2 Replies
    • February 27, 2008
    • 03:34 AM
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  • thanks Willow. Yes she can taste and we have seen the ENT specialist. We may not ever find out but she is getting some scans done to see if it is a congenital malformity. Our ENT is in his 60's and says it is so rare that my girl is the first child he has had with this. Not very encouraging is it:(
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  • Could be Anosmia.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2008
    • 01:50 AM
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  • check her fingernails for white spots. These would be sign of zinc deficiency, treatable with 25mg zinc a day (don't exceed as excess cuts off zinc uptake). lack of zinc will impair sense of smell.
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  • I've never been to this site, but was searching online for info. and came across this post. I actually clicked on it because when I was 8 years old it became crystal clear to me that I had no sense of smell. People would visit our house and comment on something my mother was cooking for dinner and I'd think, "oh, that's something nice adults must say" because to me there was no difference in the air outside the house, in the kitchen, or anyplace else. Finally when I was about 12, people began to believe me and I saw ENTs and a bunch of other doctors. No real answers, but the one response that made some sense was that because I could taste and would react to really strong odors placed under my nose (smelling salts, ammonia) they believed that the cartilage in my nose was pinching the nerve that went to my brain to make it recognize that it was smelling something. (I don't think I actually smell ammonia or chemical smells, but they burn my eyes, so I react). I certainly can't smell perfume, food or fire burning, candles and other scents, etc.I'm in my late 40s and have never smelled and don't know how to smell. I've met about a half dozen others over the years who also can't smell, but can taste. They too got no answers (although we're all in the same age range and after years of trying to get answers, we all just live with it, so in the intervening years, there could be other alternatives that none of us have looked into).While having no smell isn't great, if you're going to lose a sense, this is the one to lose. No one has any idea that I can't smell, unless I tell them. Many people don't have great senses of smell, so telling someone I don't smell what they do isn't treated oddly.Your daughter will just need to take precautions. I've got smoke detectors in every room in the house (since I wouldn't smell smoke or something burning) and have also purchased gas meters for each floor (they let you know if there is a gas leak in the house and again, since I cannot smell gas, I'd need to know).Not what you probably want to hear, but there are many out there without a sense of smell and we live normal, happy, productive lives.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 1, 2010
    • 06:26 PM
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  • thanks Willow. Yes she can taste and we have seen the ENT specialist. We may not ever find out but she is getting some scans done to see if it is a congenital malformity. Our ENT is in his 60's and says it is so rare that my girl is the first child he has had with this. Not very encouraging is it:(Don't worry I had this as well, I've now 18 but when I was younger I never remembered smelling anything. I went to a specialist and he said nothing was wrong and it was probably mental. Now that i'm older i'm slowly gaining my senses back. I can now smell rubbing alcohol, popcorn, extremely spoiled soup, and from time to time flowers but they're very faint. You shouldn't worry, all is well for me. I'm sure it's nothing serious.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 29, 2010
    • 10:33 PM
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  • This post gave me comfort. My heart is breaking right now as I'm discovering that my 7 y.o. daughter doesn't seem to have a sense of smell! She is scheduled with ENT and has MRI scheduled. Doctors so far don't seem to concerned and say there is nothing to do. Meanwhile I'm so upset for my child. I've never been to this site, but was searching online for info. and came across this post. I actually clicked on it because when I was 8 years old it became crystal clear to me that I had no sense of smell. People would visit our house and comment on something my mother was cooking for dinner and I'd think, "oh, that's something nice adults must say" because to me there was no difference in the air outside the house, in the kitchen, or anyplace else. Finally when I was about 12, people began to believe me and I saw ENTs and a bunch of other doctors. No real answers, but the one response that made some sense was that because I could taste and would react to really strong odors placed under my nose (smelling salts, ammonia) they believed that the cartilage in my nose was pinching the nerve that went to my brain to make it recognize that it was smelling something. (I don't think I actually smell ammonia or chemical smells, but they burn my eyes, so I react). I certainly can't smell perfume, food or fire burning, candles and other scents, etc.I'm in my late 40s and have never smelled and don't know how to smell. I've met about a half dozen others over the years who also can't smell, but can taste. They too got no answers (although we're all in the same age range and after years of trying to get answers, we all just live with it, so in the intervening years, there could be other alternatives that none of us have looked into).While having no smell isn't great, if you're going to lose a sense, this is the one to lose. No one has any idea that I can't smell, unless I tell them. Many people don't have great senses of smell, so telling someone I don't smell what they do isn't treated oddly.Your daughter will just need to take precautions. I've got smoke detectors in every room in the house (since I wouldn't smell smoke or something burning) and have also purchased gas meters for each floor (they let you know if there is a gas leak in the house and again, since I cannot smell gas, I'd need to know).Not what you probably want to hear, but there are many out there without a sense of smell and we live normal, happy, productive lives.
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  • since i was little i dont remember smelling anything at all i just thought people said that to comfort others. as i got older people would ask me how things smelled and at first no one would believe me but i went and seen some specialists for it and they coulndt find anything and said it could be something mental. but in this time period i had gotten pneumonia and i was just told in recent years that this could be the cause somehow because one of my step moms girlfriend lost her smell when she got pneumonia. the other theory i just found out might be anosmia. right now i cannot smell anything and im 16 turning 17 in a few months i hope like one person said on here my smelling senses do come back later on because i would like to enjoy this thing almost everyone gets to experience called smelling! hoped this helps you
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  • My 10 year old daughter can not smell anything either. We have known since she was 6. I also took her to an ENT and they did an MRI to rule out a brain tumor or other abnormalities. I have always told her, if she had to not have one of her senses, she picked a good one not to have! But I do feel bad for her and worry about her safety when she lives alone and just not knowing whether the milk is spoiled, etc. Mostly she is fine with it unless someone mentions something about what they smell and I can see it upsets her. I don't know if she has complete taste. She has always been an extremely picky eater so I wonder?? Occassionally I will search the internet to see if there have been any new findings or therapies but I always end up with nothing but us worried parents! I guess it is too rare for much research to be done about it. She was born prematurely (12 weeks early) so I have always wondered if this had something to do with it. I guess I'll never know. Other than having allergies/asthma she is perfectly healthy.
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  • This post gave me comfort. My heart is breaking right now as I'm discovering that my 7 y.o. daughter doesn't seem to have a sense of smell! She is scheduled with ENT and has MRI scheduled. Doctors so far don't seem to concerned and say there is nothing to do. Meanwhile I'm so upset for my child.I'm sorry for your upset, I could smell at the age of five, but now I am 48 years old.Here are some of the things, you might want to teach your child,teach her to see, things that she cannot smell, if she can taste let her taste things she cannot smell, but keep in mind there are lots of things they can get into her throat like bug spray, alcohol, gas, and mold, keep her away from poison, as she gets older she will learn it's okay to not be able to smell, in other words keep an eye on her, her to touch things, teach her, don't eat meat if it looks funny, teach her tasting things in the air might be terrible taste, if she feels sick it could be something in the air but making her feel that way.These are all the things I had to learn because I can't smell,just some tips to keep your kid on top of things.
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