Causes of bad breath in children

Children and toddlers are little bundles of joy that give great joy, satisfaction and a sense of completeness to parents. The way children act, laugh, smell and even cry seen to create many wonderful and cherished memories. The smell of a freshly (as fresh as your breath may be)bathed baby can create an intoxicating aroma for parents, and there’s no shortage of creams, lotions, and powders available to keep the baby smelling sweet. However, despite their angel-like looks, some babies can produce awful killer bad breaths. We are going to tell you top 6 causes of bad breath in children.

There`s no adjective that can accurately describe your youngster climbing on your lap and breathing a smelly “l love you” directly into your face.

Stinky breath in children is triggered by many factors; sometimes, the breath might just be a temporary and insignificant annoyance. Other times, the bad mouth breath can be an indication of some greater medical conditions that need immediate addressing.

And while halitosis in children does not have the same unpleasant social implications as it does in adult, it does not mean it does not need to be fixed.

In this article, we shed a light on the top 6 causes of bad breath among children.

  • Chronic Sinus Infection

Chronic sinus infectionChronic sinus infections are one of the major cause of halitosis in children. Sinus infections are often accompanied by a sore throat, a stuffy nose, frequent colds that linger, yellow drainage from the eyes, and frequent coughing.

When your child has a sinus infection, fluid collects in the sinuses and nasal passages and drips down the back of the throat, before settling on the back of the tongue. Its this mucus that allows bacteria in the mouth and tongue to propagate by providing food.

Similarly, with time, the breakdown of the mucus, plus its decomposition produces an arduous and stinky breath.

If you suspect that your child has a sinus infection, you should first “steam clean” your child using a facial steamer or sitting them in the bathroom while running a hot shower. In addition to the steam clean, you can “hose the nose” by spritzing a few drops of salt water into each nostril several times a day.

By the way, post nasal drip can be a cause of bad breath.

  • Swollen Tonsils

Swollen TonsilisAccording to R. DRYSDALE  of Health Guidance For Better Health, If your child has large or rather swollen tonsils, food, as well as other oral and nasal secretions can collect in the dip pits of the tonsils. Collection of food particles and other debris not only attract bacteria but with time, the decomposition of these debris produces a foul mouth smell in children.

To see whether your child`s tonsils are swollen, grab a flashlight and peek at their mouth. Normal and healthy tonsils should exhibit a pink and spot free appearance, while the infected tonsils have a red, inflamed appearance that is marred by white spots and reek terribly.

In case they`re swollen, your pediatrician should examine them and recommend an antibiotic.

  • Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastroesophageal RefluxUnlike adults, children have an extremely sensitive digestive system, and in case of a stomach upset, most children result in regurgitation of stomach acids into the throat. This is quite common in children and is akin to what adult refer to as “heartburn.”

Therefore, if you notice that your child is producing an acid-smelling breath, a gastroesophageal reflux might be likely cause. Aside from the acid-smelling breath, this condition is accompanied by “colicky” behavior, restless sleeping, throaty noises, spitting-up frequently and abdominal discomfort after eating.

To remediate a gastroesophageal reflux, you need to offer your child smaller but frequent portions of food. Also, ensure that you keep them upright, and quiet for at least an hour after feeding them.

  • Dental Issues

Of course, when we are talking about children wisdom teeth extrection and other bad breath in adult causes are not the issue. When it comes to the dental aspect, tooth decay is probably the leading cause of halitosis in children. This is because children are still at their developmental stage, and their teeth are more prone to experience dental damages including cavities.

Similarly, poor dental hygiene can also be a cause of fetid mouth odor. This is particularly true if the food trapped in the crevices, and cavities in the decaying teeth start to decompose.

To avoid fetid breath due to poor dental hygiene, ensure that you brush your child`s teeth at least twice every day. If your child is old enough, you can floss their also floss their teeth.

Have your child brush with a pleasant toothpaste and a fancy toothbrush. Also, ensure they swish water around the mouth to ensure they wash the extra secretions.

  • Foreign Object

Small objectsThis cause is quite rare and may not even be your first thought when it comes to fetid breath in your child. However, foreign objects, stuck in the nasal passage can lead to bad breath.

See, children are curious creatures and can insert anything in their nasal passage from pea, seeds, beads, food or even pieces of toys. According to Dr. William Sears, when foreign objects gets lodged into a child`s nasal passage, they putrefy and release an odor.

A clue to a stuck foreign object is a foul-smelling discharge from only one nostril where the object is stuck. If you suspect it`s a stuck object, you`ll need t consult your pediatrician to check your child`s nasal passage and remove the object.

  • Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth photoChildren are active creatures, and with all their running and playing, it can be hard for them to preserve water in their bodies. Bad breath (as well as mothball breath) in children, particularly those that play sports is often caused by lack of fluids.

According to Live Strong, if your child does not get enough water, their mouth will not be able to produce enough saliva, which acts as a natural mouth rinse. Saliva helps in washing away the odor-causing bacteria.

While this might not seem like a big deal, but lack of saliva can result to other conditions such as tooth decay and cavities; therefore, it`s always worth the extra care to make sure your kid drinks plenty of water.

While this might not sound pleasant, it`s time you put your sensitive nose to work and allow it to do some detective work. And then you’d better find out how to combat bad breath naturally.

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