Stop the continuous criticism to your teens. Highlight their qualities instead. ||Try to develop passions outside of work. Don't define yourself by your job, and have the courage to be imperfect. ||Always keep the number of Poison Centre posted beside your phone ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||As a new mommy, sleep when your baby sleeps. Silence your phone and ignore the dishes in the sink ||Try to keep other elements of your baby's routine as normal as possible during the strike. ||Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is the best prevention of food allergies ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||Massaging infants' arms and hands can significantly reduce their pain from needle sticks ||
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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