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Bad Breath in Babies and Toddlers

Aug 17, 2007
If your baby or toddler has had bad breath lately, not to worry. There are plenty of things you can do in order to reduce the risk of bad breath for your little one, and there are ways to tell if your baby's bad breath is an indication of a more serious condition.

More than likely, your baby or toddler sleeps with his or her mouth open, and this dries the mouth out during the night, which can cause 'morning breath'. You should make sure that your child is brushing with a good kid-friendly toothpaste, and is rinsing with an effective mouthwash in order to reduce the risk of bad breath. You should also try to stop your baby or toddler from thumb sucking, since this can reduce the saliva production in the mouth and, incidentally, it can alter the formation of their teeth as they erupt out of the gum and grow. A teething ring or pacifier can be a good temporary alternative to thumb sucking, and will help your child's teeth to grow properly and in line.

If you are brushing your toddler's teeth daily, and are having him or her rinse with a kid-friendly mouthwash after every brush, you should see an improvement in your little one's breath soon. However, if the problem persists, it may be an indication that your child may have a more serious condition. For instance, if your baby's breath smells like baked bread, it can be a sign of typhoid fever, and if your toddler's breath smells like celery, it could be an indication of Aasthouse urine disease. Garlicky breath could be a sign of arsenic or thallium poisoning, so be sure to pay special attention to the actual scent of your child's breath to determine the right treatment options. As with any problems with a baby's health if the smell persists after cleaning take you child to see your doctor or pediatrician.

If you feel that your child should be treated for diseases and conditions that are more serious or ongoing, you should change your child's diet in order to eliminate toxins from the body. Having your baby or toddler drink water and all-natural juices several times a day will help to clean the body and freshen the breath. You should also have your children eat fresh foods all day, as packaged foods can slow down taking away wastes from the body. You should also consult with your child's doctor as soon as you can in order to treat your little one's bad breath permanently.
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Jeff Clare writes regularly for Bad Breath Causes And Treatments where you can read many more articles on halitosis treatments . Also go to Halitosis Causes And Treatments for a range of informative articles on bad breath causes and much more
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