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Bad Breath in Babies

Bad Breath in BabiesBabies Shouldn’t Have Bad Breath

Babies should smell good. They are meant to be held and cuddled and nuzzled. They should smell sweet and fresh and maybe like baby powder.  Bad breath in babies just shouldn’t be.  But it does happen.

But some little ones don’t smell wonderful and it’s not those nasty diapers. Some infants have bad breath, just like a grown-up. Why in the world would you find smelly breath in a child, especially a tiny one?

Here’s The Deal About Most Baby Breath And It’s Really Simple

The main reason for bad breath in babies is dry mouth. This condition encourages the growth of naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth.  These bacteria create that horrible smell known as morning breath.  The more bacteria, the worse the breath smell.

Children who suck their thumbs are likely to have dry mouth. Sucking on a pacifier, a blankie or toy can also dry out a baby’s mouth.  This can be made worse if the blanket or toy aren’t kept washed and cleaned of dried saliva and bacteria.

Another reason babies can have a dry mouth is mouth breathing. Infants often begin to mouth breathe as soon as they fall asleep. This is the same thing that happens to many people – young, old and in between. During sleep, mouth and jaw muscles relax, saliva production drops, and you may even hear little baby snores. When saliva production decreases, the dry mouth is a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause bad breath. The longer your baby sleeps, the drier her mouth will get, and the more the bacteria in her mouth will multiply. Your baby can have the same horrible morning breath that you have.

Watch Out for This Very Bad Breath Culprit

One more reason and the most serious reason for bad breath children is infection. If your child has a frequent and major problem with halitosis, you should ask your pediatrician to check her for signs of infection. There could be an infection in her mouth or throat, or a sinus or ear infection that is causing the bad smell. If breathing is impeded, this could also cause unaccustomed mouth breathing.

Fortunately, there are easy things to do that can make your baby’s breath go back to being perfect.

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  1. Rhodora D Nebres says:

    I just noticed recently my 5-month-old grandson’s mouth does not have the sweet smell that I love so much. He is made to drink a little water after drinking his milk whenever possible and his mouth is occasionally swabbed with a clean gentle cloth. I read that a dry mouth can cause other- than- sweet mouth smell but he salivates so much especially when he thumb sucks. I am starting to get concerned much.

    • Beth says:

      Hi Rhodora –
      Aren’t grandchildren great? Our granddaughter is 22 months old. I notice that your grandson is 5 months old. Babies begin to get their baby teeth between the ages of 4 and 6 months. There is a possibility that your grandson is drooling so much because his teeth are beginning to come in. Of course, this is just a guess on my part. We can’t and don’t give medical advice, but if you are concerned, the best course of action is to have his pediatrician check him over.
      Good luck
      – Beth

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