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Bad Breath in Toddlers and Babies

Aug 17, 2007
Many adults encounter bad breath, but the problem is becoming more widespread for children as well. If your baby or toddler has been having bad breath recently, here are a few things you can do to keep your baby's breath smelling better.

There are also ways to find out if your child's bad breath is an indication that he or she may have a more critical condition, so that you can deal with the it as quickly as possible.

Decreased saliva production is one of the primary reasons why babies and toddlers encounter bad breath. When children are awake, they have a bit more control over swallowing saliva and regulating saliva production in the mouth. Saliva washes away bacteria in the mouth, so if children are drinking ample amounts of fluids during the day, the breath will remain fresher.

But when your baby goes to sleep, he or she may sleep with an open mouth, which dries out the mouth and saliva production is reduced. This can cause morning breath-even in children. If your baby or toddler sucks his or her thumb, this can also cause bad breath, so it's important to make sure that you give your child a pacifier or teething ring instead.

If you are brushing your toddler's teeth every day, and are having him or her rinse with a kid-friendly mouthwash after every brushing, you should see an improvement in your little one's breath in a short time. However, if the matter persists, it may be a sign that your child could have a more serious condition.

For instance, if your baby's breath smells like baked bread, it can be an indication of typhoid fever, and if your toddler's breath smells like celery, it could be a sign of Aasthouse urine disease. Garlicky breath could indicate arsenic or thallium poisoning, so be sure to pay particular attention to the actual scent of your child's breath to find the right treatment options.

If you feel that your child needs to be treated for diseases and conditions that may be more serious or ongoing, you should change your child's diet in order to remove toxins from the body. Having your baby or toddler drink water and all-natural juices several times a day will help to cleanse the body and freshen the breath.

You should also be feeding your children fresh foods at meal time, as packaged foods can slow down the reduction of wastes from the body. You should also confer 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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