C.T. asks from Green Bay, WI on November 04, 2009
My ll 1/2mos old that smells like maple syrup also isn't crawling, walking, holding his bottles, feeding himself and still requires car rides for naps. However he says mama, dada, hi, waves, says kitties, gives five and stands by himself. Guess I am just a little worried about him. He sleeps alot. 3 hour naps in am and afternoon and sleeps 10-12 hours a night. Won't take sippy cup either no matter what I try. Loves to interact and "talk" with people. Loves to play and does so contently by himselp for 1-2 hours. Just wondering why he is so advanced in some respects but not in others, Is this normal?
C.D. answers from La Crosse on November 04, 2009
Take your child in to the doctor please. If you have already taken him in to a doctor and they said it's no big deal, take him to a totally different doctor. IANAD (I am not a doctor), but I am aware of a disease which causes a child's urine to smell like maple syrup (chances are, the smell is coming from his diaper if he's 11 1/2 months old). He may have an inability to process certain amino acids in the body. From what I know, if left untreated it can lead to seizures or coma.
Your son's behavior though, I'd like to tell you, is for the most part perfectly normal for his age..except for that 10-12 hour stretch at night. I can't remember my kids ever sleeping that well at such an age. However we did have 3-hour naps--those are wonderful! Playing by himself for 1-2 hours is awesome for a little one that age. The not holding a bottle or crawling might mean he may need an evaluation from a Birth-to-Three program (call your local hospital for information on how to connect with them). I do urge you to get him to the doctor's for having the amino acid issue looked at because the fact that he smells like maple syrup is a real red flag. I wish you warmth and love and peace!
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T.O. answers from Minneapolis on November 04, 2009
Catie D gave you good advice, but I think it is normal for your baby to sleep 10-12 hours at night. Our 6 month old has been sleeping 12-13 hours a night since he was 3 months old and he is developing great - crawling, sitting, etc. Go to your doctor so that you can be either reassured that he is okay or get needed help.
N.S. answers from Milwaukee on November 05, 2009
My son also smelled like maple syrup. I think it was from when his diapers leaked a little bit. I never even thought to mention it to the doctor. But, that is definitely what he smelled like, like I had fed him pancakes right before bed and he got syrup on his pj's. I don't know if it was related or not, but he did have one (and only one) febrile seizure at about 20 months. He is now 5 1/2 and has not had one since. Although, febrile seizures seem to be fairly common and there were no noticeable lasting effects. My son also hardly craweled, sometimes scooted on his but and didn't walk till 15 months.
M.S. answers from Omaha on November 05, 2009
Your little guy sounds perfectly normal. We always expect our little ones to do things in our time or compare them to other children, but we simply can't do that. They do things on their own time. He'll be just fine and it sounds like he's progressing nicely. I wouldn't stress over it. Just go give him a big hug and kiss : )
B.B. answers from Madison on November 05, 2009
Some one mentioned it but there is something called Maple syrup urine disease. Most all babies are tested in the hospital and can cause some very serious issues but it's something that would have been present from birth and more than a little noticeable now. My other thought is are you taking fenugreek? I know it can cause maple syrup smelling urine in mothers so I'm certain it could also do the same for your son. That being said call the doctors office and ask to speak to a nurse.
His sleep seems totally normal to me so there shouldn't be much concern there. As others have suggested call birth to 3. Developmental delay are what they deal with. Everyone is super nice and would be able to offer suggestions if he's just considered a tad bit behind. It's very likely that he's not going to be considered delayed. Because there is such a wide area of development the first 2 years there is a lot of wiggle room. Good luck!
J.N. answers from Minneapolis on November 05, 2009
My daughter also smelled like maple syrup sometimes. I agree with below that it was usually when her diaper had leaked a bit and I didn't realize it. Her pants would get a maple syrup like smell and I realized it was dried urine. Sounds weird but I know the smell your referring to.
S.B. answers from Minneapolis on November 06, 2009
I would have him looked at by your pediatrician right away. The maple syrup smell could be associated with a genetic disorder called MSUD. If left untreated, this could result in certain medical issues and developmental delays. At the appointment to have that checked, I would mention your other concerns regarding his development so your doctor can put you in touch with the correct county and health workers for the assessments necessary to see if he is developing on track.
R.D. answers from Des Moines on November 05, 2009
I don't know anything about the maple syrup thing, but all the other developmental things you mention seem perfectly normal. Children begin walking and crawling within a wide range of time. My neighbor's sons didn't walk until 15 months. My son never took a bottle or sippy cup, but he would use a straw at about your son's age. I also think the sleeping is right on track. My son has slept for about 12 hours a night since about 9-10 months. Naps are variable, but I know of many children your son's age who will take two naps during the day, probably equalling 3 hours total. That said, it doesn't hurt to ask your doctor if you need some reassurance.