Lurker here with a question......

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Lurker here with a question......
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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 10:01am
I have a 5yr old ds who is almost obsessed with smelling of everything. From his crayons to clothes, everything he touches he almost always has to smell of. Even when coloring, he'll sniff the crayons everytime he picks one up. At first I thought it was a phase but it's lasted longer than I thought it would and, frankly, is beginning to bother me a little bit. Actually, it seems like it's more of an unconscious habit now than an actual obsession.

Has anyone else had this problem with their kids? I don't know what to do about it or how to break him of it.

Thanks in advance for any advice or comments.

Jeanie (Matt's mom)

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 10:12am
Welcome, Jeanie! I assure you this isn't something to worry about if it is just smelling things. Is he obsessed with anything else? Placement of things? Order? Cleanliness? It sounds like he's just caught up in the smell of things. I wouldn't worry unless you notice other things that may concern you.

It's great to have you joint he board! Post more often!!! =)

Janet =)

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Sat, 03-29-2003 - 11:14am
My ds will be 5 in May & he does the same thing. It drive's me nuts! I haven't really noticed him smelling objects, but he is always smelling his hands. In our case, I have blamed it on him having a completely stuffed up nose due to enlarged adenoids. I think he has a hard time smelling. He's been doing this as long as he's had the stuffed up nose, since about December. I even mentioned the smelling to his ped. & she kind of shrugged it off as a phase or habit & nothing to be concerned about. So, sorry I have no great advice, except that it may just be a habit.

Lisa

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Sun, 03-30-2003 - 12:22am
Thank you so much Janet for your thoughts. He's not overly concerned with anything else, thank goodness, or I would worry! LOL! I think you're right that it's just a phase or a habit that he's probably not even aware of much anymore. I'm hoping to break him of this soon, though.

Hugs.........jeanie

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Sun, 03-30-2003 - 12:24am
I appreciate your comments, Lisa. Let's hope that our boys grow out of this habit soon. They'll probably end up replacing it with another habit equally as annoying as they get older. LOL!!

Hugs........jeanie