Bad Breath in Babies
Summary: Bad breath in babies is usually caused by teeth and gum problems or throat and sinus infections.
Not because you are healthy and that you practice proper oral and dental hygiene, doesn’t mean you can’t have bad breath. Healthy looking babies and young children also can have bad breath sometimes. Bad breath in babies can be a sign of other illnesses. Therefore if you notice changes in the mouth odor of your baby, take him/her to the doctor the soonest possible time. You may not find your baby’s breath offensive, but it can be to others and it could be a symptom of some disorders. Mothers usually don’t seem to notice their baby’s foul smell of breath, unless someone will tell them. If you are the mother, please do not be upset but instead, bring him/her to see the doctor for check up, the earlier, the better. The doctor can trace bad breath in babies.
Babies normally have a sweet and very pleasant breath. I remember my two younger sisters when they were babies, they have the sweetest breath. It’s not because they are my sisters, but all the babies have this sweet smell in their mouth especially those who are breastfed. And my sisters were.
However, it is possible that some babies develop bad breath. Bad breath in babies is usually associated with throat infections. Bad breath in babies can be a sinus infection or respiratory infection, like bronchitis. If you bring your baby to a doctor, you may notice that pediatrician may check your baby’s nose to see if there are foreign object, such as a small piece of food or small object stuck in one of your baby’s nostrils. Persistent nasal discharge and breath odor can be the symptoms of bad breath in babies with something stuck on their nostrils.
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Infections at the back of your baby’s throat can cause an offensive smell on your baby’s breath. The smell on your child’s breath maybe the cause of inflammation of the pharynx or the tonsils. If tonsils are not inflamed, it is possible that they may have food particles trapped in their many crevices. These food remains can be identified by your doctor as white formations during a throat exam. But, this issue is not a problem for this will pass once the debris is removed.
Bad breath in babies is not all about oral problems. It can also be a sign of other illness. If you or other people notice the change of your baby’s mouth odor, have your baby checked by health professional. Always remember that babies normally have sweet-smelling breath, therefore it is not difficult to notice if by any chance there is a change in your baby’s breath.