Adults may report having bad breath throughout the day, but pediatric halitosis can occur in babies and toddlers as well. If you have noticed that your little one has been having bad breath lately, there are a few things you can do to make sure that your baby has fresh breath all day; there are also some ways to tell if your baby’s bad breath is an indication of a condition that may be serious.
Decreased saliva production is one of the main reasons for kids bad breath. When children are awake, they have a little more control over swallowing saliva, and regulating saliva production in the mouth. Saliva washes away bacteria in the mouth, so if children are drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day, the breath will stay fresher. However, when your baby goes to sleep, he or she may sleep with an open mouth, which means the mouth is dried out and saliva production is reduced. This can result in morning breath-even in children. If your baby or toddler sucks his or her thumb, this can cause children’s bad breath as well, so make sure that you give your little one a pacifier or teething ring instead.
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 bad 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.
Pediatric halitosis doesn’t necessarily indicate a serious condition. Changing your child’s diet in addition to cleaning your little one’s mouth often is a great way to get rid of bad breath in babies, even if you think that your child may have a more serious condition. Your baby or toddler should drink water and/or all-natural juices, in addition to raw fruits and vegetables in order to cleanse the body of the impurities that may be causing serious internal conditions. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor as soon as you can find out about additional treatment options to get rid of your baby’ bad breath.