7 Causes of Baby Bad Breath and Treatments

7 Causes of Baby Bad Breath and Treatments

Despite looking adorable, the baby can have a stinky breath as well. There are many possible things that can cause bad breath in children, including:

  • Smelly food
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Allergies and sinus issues
  • Dental disease
  • Acid reflux
  • Bacteria from foreign objects

Smelly food

Stinky breath in children can be caused by the food you are feeding them. Some food like garlic, curry, and asparagus are known to create bad breath.

Poor oral hygiene

Babies can’t clean their mouth by themselves. So their oral health depends on you. The food that they consume, just like adults, also sticks between their gums, cheeks, and lips.

There are dental care products for babies you can use to clean their mouth and prevent bad breath.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is also another cause of stinky breath to babies and infants. This is normally because they sometimes breathe through their mouth due to congestion.

You can always check with your pediatrician for dry mouth medication.

Allergies and sinus issues

In most cases, allergies and sinuses can also cause bad breath. This problem can be solved by a visit to the pediatrician.

Dental disease

Small children can also develop dental disease. Cavities, gingivitis, and infection can also cause smelly breath to babies and infants. Be sure to regularly take your young one to the dentist for routine examination and cleaning. Check out this article on how to get rid of gingivitis naturally.

Acid reflux

Infants usually get acid reflux or GERDS. This is known to also cause stinky breath and should be checked by a pediatrician. Normally the pediatrician can prescribe some medications and a good diet that prevents acid reflux.

Acid reflux can also cause other negative conditions such as tooth erosion.

Bacteria from objects

Babies like putting everything their hands can reach into their mouths, including toys, their fingers, and other stuff. These items can lead to bacteria buildup in the mouth, and in turn, cause bad breath.

To prevent this, make sure you sanitize and clean all the toys, and wash your baby’s hands as well as clean their mouth to keep bacteria counts on the low.

Kelly Hancock, RDH, Toothbrush Life


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