Study finds that teenagers have a goat-like scent while babies smell like violets

Study finds that teenagers have a goat-like scent while babies smell like violets

Parents have noticed that as children reach their teenage years, they begin to develop a new kind of smell. While babies have a distinctive baby smell and primary school children don’t smell like anything in particular, teenagers seem to have a noticeable body odor. This change in smell has been studied and is believed to play a role in social relationships between friends, lovers, and family members.

Research has shown that newborns learn to recognize their mother’s scent, and mothers often find their own baby’s smell more appealing than that of other babies. Some studies have even suggested that parents subconsciously wean the body odor of their adolescent children of the opposite sex to potentially prevent genital warts.

A recent study published in Communications Chemistry explored the changes in body odor that occur during adolescence. As teenagers go through puberty, the activity of sebaceous glands and sweat glands accelerates, leading to a change in smell that may be related to the secretion of sweat and sebum.

Samples collected from the armpits of children under the age of four and young people between the ages of 14 and 18 revealed the presence of two volatile steroids in the teenagers’ armpits that were not found in the children. These compounds are known to affect the smell of underarm sweat and were described by researchers as having scents like sweat, urine, musk, and sandalwood.

In addition to the volatile steroids, higher concentrations of carboxylic acids were found in the armpits of teenagers, which can be produced from the fat secreted by sebaceous glands. These compounds, along with a few others, were described as having scents like waxy and goat-like.

On the other hand, samples from young children revealed the presence of compounds with scents like violets and soap that were not found in teenagers. The study did not specify whether each of these compounds was present in all individuals of the respective age group or only in some.

Overall, the study sheds light on the changes in body odor that occur during adolescence and how they may be influenced by hormonal and glandular activity.

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