Why Do Babies Smell Good?
Babies have a scent that gives us peace from the moment they are born. People say that this scent is the scent of innocence and purity and that babies smell like heaven. So what are the real scientific reasons behind this perfect smell in babies?
Although the reason for this fragrance in babies is not known exactly, scientists suggest that it originates from the glands secreted at the bottom of the hair. These glands, which are more active around the head and face in babies, produce an oily secretion, and this pleasant smell from babies comes from the smell of that secretion.
According to another scientific explanation, the reason for this soothing smell in babies is a layer called vernix caseosa, which is a white-to-white color that covers the whole body of the baby while it is still in the mother’s womb. Even though this layer is completely gone when babies are washed, babies continue to smell sweet thanks to the smell that permeates the skin. In addition, breastfed infants have a different odor than infants receiving follow-on milk. For this reason, it is suggested that the way of eating affects the smell.
Apart from these, sweating is a factor that can cause bad odor due to bacteria in the body. However, since the sweat glands do not develop in babies, there is no situation that prevents them from smelling good. Since mothers wash their babies frequently and use various oils and creams to provide after-bath care, they maintain their fragrant scent.
Originally posted 2021-12-16 16:32:57.