Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||Use each feeding as an opportunity to build your newborn's sense of security, trust and comfort. ||During the day, don't try to catch up on chores while the baby sleeps. Lie down and rest ||Colostrum is rich with all what baby needs for the first 2-3 days till the breast begins to produce milk ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||Dealing with slow learners needs special guidance. Find some simple tips in our articles section. ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||Look for early signs of hunger, such as stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements. Fussing and crying are later cues ||Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||There are some games, that you can play with your child to increase his ability to concentrate. Check them out in our articles section. ||
My child's mouth odor smells bad. Why is that?


Throughout the day, saliva washes away unwanted debris. As soon as a child falls asleep, saliva production drops, and the muscles relax resulting in "morning breath." If the odor is persisting through the day there are some common causes to think about:

 
  • The most common cause is simply poor dental hygiene. Normal bacteria that live in the mouth interact with the leftover food particles. Bacteria, if left to stagnate and proliferate, can cause bad odor in a healthy child.
 
  • Tooth decay can also be a reason. The child should be taken to visit the dentist regularly to have his teeth and gums examined.
 
  • Eating certain foods, especially things like garlic and onions
 
  • Postnasal drip from a cold, sinus infections, or allergies. Breathing through the mouth — due to a stuffy nose, for example — encourage the growth of the bacteria in his mouth.
 
  • Bad breath can signal a throat infection.
 
  • Bad breath could also be caused through sucking a pacifier or sucking the thumb. The object could have an odor from repeated exposure to saliva and oral bacteria. Try and make the child stop the sucking habit. Sterilize those items that he frequently sucks on.
 
  • Toddlers often stuff items in their noses, and then forget about them. If this foreign body is left there, it can begin to rot or cause a surrounding infection.
 

If your child's bad breath doesn't improve with better dental hygiene, consult your Pediatrician or call 2356 for a further evaluation.

 

 

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