Bad breath in babies is uncommon but it does sometimes occur due to several causes. Usually when this happens, caregivers might be alarmed knowing that the development of unpleasant breath in children might be caused by other health issues. This problem must not be left unattended and it is important to determine the cause immediately to take proper action to prevent it from developing more.
Depending on how bad a baby’s mouth has become the problem can be caused by an infection. It can be a mouth infection or sore throat and sinusitis which are known to cause unpleasant breath. Consult a pediatrician so that he or she can inspect the baby’s teeth and gums and he has identified the cause of the problem.
Bad breath in babies will also occur as they use primarily their mouth when breathing instead of nose. Breathing through the mouth which is also common in adults happens when the infant sleeps. In this condition when the muscles of the mouth relax and the activity in salivary gland slows down causing the mouth to dry up. This is the time when the bacteria grow and increase in production. So if the baby sleeps longer, more and more bacteria will grow in the mouth of the child. This is what adult called as morning breath.
To prevent the problem from getting worse, it is ideal to practice oral hygiene for babies by washing their in the morning mouth after a long sleep. When the child grows older, you will be able to remind and teach him as to when or how to properly brush his teeth and clean his mouth to prevent bad breath.
A regular visit to the dentist must be practiced as the baby grows and you must make it a part of their life to have a dental consultation often. This is one way to teach them early the importance of cleaning their teeth.
Make everything clean
Many babies have developed their bad breath upon sucking their thumbs. Since thumb sucking can dry the mouth, this practice can create the best environment for bacteria to grow and reproduce. This is the same way as those babies who sucks objects and are using pacifier. Caregivers must realize that the bad breath may get worse as the object that the baby is sucking has been exposed too much in their saliva that has bacteria.
To control and eliminate the production of bacteria in the baby’s mouth, it is important to practice frequent hand washing. Toys that he will suck and play must be clean and pacifiers must be properly sterilized before they touch and use them.
Control sugar intake
Controlling the amount of sugar that your baby takes everyday can lower the possibilities of having tooth decay. Parents must not look after the babies carefully and must see to it that they will not leave them sucking a bottle of juice or milk while asleep. This can be the reason for the occurrence of decay because of high amounts of sugar present in these drinks.
Consulting a pediatrician about the sudden development of a baby’s bad breath can be a good option to determine the causes of the problem. Your doctor will be able to identify the main cause of the issue and see if there are any signs of mouth infection, sinusitis, throat problem, tooth decay or foreign objects stuck in the nasal passage of the baby. Although bad breath is unusual to happen in babies, parents must not take the situation for granted.