Do children have a better sense of smell than adults?

Breathe it in while you can. Our ability to smell gets better before it gets worse.

28th November 2017
Do children have a better sense of smell than adults? © Getty

Asked by: Tim Harrison, Sutton

Newborns can only smell a few different things, such as their mother’s body smell. Sense of smell improves up to about the age of eight. But from the age of 20 (or even 15, according to some studies), the sense gently declines. Yet some studies have found that children can’t detect certain musk odours until they reach puberty.

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