European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 144, Issue 4, pp 403–403 | Cite as

Peculiar odours in newborns and maternal prenatal ingestion of spicy food

  • G. J. Hauser
  • D. Chitayat
  • L. Berns
  • D. Braver
  • B. Muhlbauer
Short Communications

Abstract

A peculiar odour in an infant may raise the possibility of several important syndromes. Four cases of newborn infants with peculiar smells are described. In two, the sharp odour was identified as cumin, one smelled of fenugreek and one of curry. All these babies were born to mothers who ingested spicy food prior to delivery. In one case, the foul smelling amniotic fluid led to a spurious suspicion of amniotitis.

Key words

Odours Newborn Amniotitis 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. J. Hauser
    • 1
  • D. Chitayat
    • 1
  • L. Berns
    • 1
  • D. Braver
    • 1
  • B. Muhlbauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeonatologyTel-AvivIsrael

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