9 reasons to check your baby’s bad breath

For dad and mom! 9 reasons to check baby bad breath
A baby has less resistance and immunity for virus than an adult, so they can easily get sick.

Especially baby bad breath indicates the physical condition of the baby.

You can find out not only a cold or a fever, but also a canker sore or tonsillitis by baby bad breath, so it’s very important to check if the baby has bad breath.

Today, I’ll introduce you why it’s important to check baby bad breath.

9 reasons to check your baby’s bad breath


1: You can find out a sickness

A baby isn’t supposed to have bad breath because they don’t produce a smelly material.
Especially when they still need milk, they just smell like milk. Even when they start baby food, normally they don’t have bad breath.

However, many parents say their babies have bad breath. Most of the bad breath is considered as a signal of a sickness of the baby, especially a cold.

When the nose is blocked, a baby breathes through the mouth. This is because the brain thinks it’s easier to breathe. A blocked nose might be a sign of an inflammation by dust or virus, so you should check if the baby has a cold.

Breathing through a mouth helps bacteria grow in the mouth, and produce bad breath. Does the baby have a fever or a runny nose? Is their nose blocked?

You can find out their sickness early by checking their bad breath regularly.


2: Stop mouth-breathing

You can stop mouth-breathing by checking their bad breath.

Mouth-breathing causes bad breath because it grows bacteria in the mouth. Also, if the baby can’t breathe through the nose properly, they use muscles in a strange way when swallowing, and it could end up keeping the front teeth open.

This could also change their mouth shape or make prominent teeth.

It’s difficult to stop mouth-breathing if it’s a habit, so checking the baby bad breath also stops mouth-breathing in the earlier stage.

A mouth acts as a barometer of baby health. Therefore, it’s very good to check if the baby has bad breath.


3: Adenoid

Sometimes you can find adenoid by checking the baby bad breath.

Adenoid is also called pharyngeal tonsilla. As adenoid becomes bigger, it gives chronic inflammation of the nose, ears or the throat. It also damages auditory canal, which can be related with mouth-breathing or bad breath.

Basically this part is made of lymph, and it makes immune to prevent bacteria from coming from outside the body. But it doesn’t work when there is a problem.

If the auditory canal is stuck, air can’t go inside the ears, which will put a dent on the drum membrane and lead auditory disturbance.

You can notice it by checking bad breath on a daily basis. You can’t underestimate it.


4: Empyema

Empyema has 2 symptoms, chronic sinus infection and acute paranasal sinusitis.

Empyema is caused by a lot of reasons. The main symptom is a runny nose, a blocked nose, worse sense of smell or heaviness of the head. But how are these connected to bad breath? When you have these symptoms, you breathe through the mouth and that causes bad breath.

Empyema used to be one of the diseases for children.

It’s not a common disease anymore because of antibiotic drugs, but instead, there are many people who suffer from nose allergy lately. So it’s never too much to worry about these symptoms. Also they can cause bad breath. Therefore it’s very important to check the mouth of the baby.


5: Prevent depression of saliva secretion

You can also check if there is depression of saliva secretion by checking baby bad breath.
The main reason of baby bad breath is mouth-breathing, which makes the inside of the mouth dry and causes depression of saliva secretion.

Saliva washes off the dirt inside the mouth, so you have to keep the secretion.
If the secretion decreases, bacteria become active inside the mouth and they produce methyl mercaptan, which causes bad breath.

Saliva also prevents bacteria from working actively in the mouth.
There are bacteria in everyone’s mouth, but when you have more bacteria, you tend to have bad breath.

So you should check if the baby has enough saliva to have less bacteria in the mouth.


6: Eliminate bad breath caused by stress

A dry mouth caused by stress could produce bad breath.

It’s not clear how much stress a baby has, but they must have at least some stress from their environment.
For example, when they have to wear a diaper with stool or urine, they are hungry or they are suffering from the room environment with dust or allergic material.

They can’t do anything but cry to tell how they feel, and it also causes stress to them, too.

By making this stressful environment better, you can prevent the baby bad breath caused by stress.

7: Prevent drool

Another main reason of the baby bad breath if drool.

Every baby drools, but if you leave the drool, it will smell. It could also grow bacteria, so don’t leave it but clean it.
When you check the baby bad breath, you can also check drool. Keep the baby clean.

But drool of a baby is a natural thing, and a baby who eats a lot tends to drool a lot, too. If the baby suddenly starts drooling much more than before, you should doubt that they have an inflammation inside the mouth and the pain produces more saliva.

Sometimes a baby drools when they can’t swallow saliva because the palate. If you notice much more saliva than before, you should take the baby to a doctor to check if the baby doesn’t have an inflammation.


8: Depression of tongue function

Depression of tongue function can also be a reason of baby bad breath.
When they have worse function of the tongue, they will have a lot of problems. For example, they can’t close the mouth or lose appetite.

Some babies start mouth-breathing because they can’t close the mouth as they grow. The good item for improving the function of the tongue is a pacifier.

Recently, a lot of mothers think that a pacifier is not clean or it affects an alignment of teeth, but when the baby bites the pacifier with the teeth or the mouth, they can use muscles and improve the tongue function.

It’s related to prevention of bad breath to improve tongue function as a baby gets older. So it’s also important.


9: Not to make the mouth dry

The room temperature also affects the dry mouth. When the room is dry, the nose is blocked and the baby ends up breathing through the mouth.

You may take a rest with an air conditioner in winter, but it makes the room dry. It also makes the nose of the baby dry, and makes them breathe through the mouth. So you should be careful of the dryness in the room.

As you learned already, mouth-breathing grow bacteria in the mouth and produce materials which cause bad breath. It’s essential to prevent a fundamental cause of bad breath.

Be careful of the humidity in the room, and make a proper environment for the baby to breathe through the nose.
When the baby sleeps, put a humidifier close to them or make their nose and mouth wet with a wet towel or a gauze to prevent dryness and bad breath.


How did you find these reasons?

If a baby has bad breath, you don’t have to worry about a disease like an adult or a child, but a hidden symptom such as a cold can cause baby bad breath. So you can notice such a thing by checking the baby breath often, and you can prevent it from getting worse.
You have to take a close look at how the baby looks or behaves to know if they are healthy because they can’t talk.
Therefore, it’s important to check the baby’s mouth for that reason, too.
The inside of the mouth reflects the health, so it’s a barometer of a baby. You can often notice the difference.

So why don’t you check the baby’s mouth on a daily basis? I hope the article helps you a lot.



9 reasons to check your baby’s bad breath 

1: You can find out a sickness
2: Stop mouth-breathing
3: Adenoid
4: Empyema
5: Prevent depression of saliva secretion
6: Eliminate bad breath caused by stress
7: Prevent drool
8: Depression of tongue function
9: Not to make the mouth dry


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