T.J. asks from Carpentersville, IL on November 14, 2007
Question About Uring..
My daughter has lately had a foul smell to her urine...it actually smells like maple syrup. It is so strong that I can smell it in her diaper through her clothes. She recently within the last 2 weeks had a high fever, then had Roseola and then is just getting over an ear infection. When she was running a high fever the pediatrician checked for a UTI and she didn't have one. She has been on Amoxicillan for 7 days now for her ear infection...could this medication have made her urine smell differently? She has been drinking enough milk during the day. I don't give her any water just formula and then baby food. Nothing has changed regarding her diet...just not sure what to think of this...any suggestions and/or advice?
M.B. answers from Chicago on November 15, 2007
I think there is a disease called Maple Syrup Urine disease-as weird as that sounds, but I thought that it shows up in newborns-I think it is a metabolic problem. But maybe there are other forms of the disease that shows up later in babies? I have no experience with it, i just read about it sometime ago. You might want to read up on it or ask your pediatrician about it.
A.A. answers from Chicago on November 15, 2007
I would definitely advise calling your ped immediately. Even if it's something other than Maple Syrup Urine Disease, there is something going on that needs to be looked at right away.
Antibiotics can cause the body to do a lot of weird things. You may also want to look at giving your daughter probiotics, as well, since antibiotics can also cause an imbalance of flora in the intestines.
Good luck and please keep us updated!
B.W. answers from Chicago on November 15, 2007
Hey T., try not to worry too much about it until you talk to your ped. Meds can definitely change the consistency/odor of urine, and Miss A is generally healthy otherwise. However, you want to eliminate any other causes. Call the good pediatrician :)
A.R. answers from Chicago on November 14, 2007
Call your pediatrician immediately. I don't mean to scare you, but this can be really serious. Google "Maple Syrup Urine Disease" or "Maple Syrup Urinary Disease."
J. answers from Chicago on November 15, 2007
Please be sure to get her blood sugar checked. My 4 year old niece's breath had a weird smell, plus other symptoms, and it turned out she has juvenile diabetes.
Hope for you it's not that serious, but it was something that wasn't checked at first.