"Bad breath in toddlers can indicate that something else is going on"
Bad breath in toddlers can have some unique causes. It may also indicate a serious problem. It may also be a sign of other illnesses especially colds. Adults are not the only ones who can have bad breath. Believe it or not infants and toddlers can have it as well.
There have been times that my toddler experienced bad breath. I never realized that it can be a signal for something else. Toddlers even have a distinct smell on their breath when they have strep throat? Did you know that? I never knew this either until my son got it. I never paid attention to the bad breath smell. This is why I felt that it was important to discuss the topic.
The Most Common cause of Bad Breath in Toddlers
Toddlers hang around with other kids and just manage to get colds more often. They also can suffer from sinus infections and allergies. Postnasal drip provides a great food source for odor causing bacteria. In combination with that, children who have breathing problems, whether it's from allergies, stuffy noses, enlarged adenoids, or infected sinuses, often breath through their mouths. This dries out their mouths, creating even better conditions for halitosis-causing anaerobic bacteria.
Other Causes of Bad Breath in Toddlers can be:
Solutions you can try:
It is important that you pay particular attention to the actual scent of your child's breath.
Some "smells" and what they may indicate in bad breath in toddlers:
If you smell any of these odors then you need to contact your pediatrician immediately.
So there can be more to bad breath in toddlers than we think. It can be an indicator that something else is going on. So please stay informed and pay attention to these odors and have them checked out. It really is important to toddler health.
* I am not a Doctor or Licensed Professional in the field of toddler breath. I am a stay at home Mom passing on tips, advice and information that are based on my opinions. Always remember to consult your pediatrician with serious questions concerning your child and their ailments. *
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