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#1 of 18 Old 08-28-2007, 01:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Just today my 17 month old started having really bad breath. Like the halitosis or something like that. I've known a few adults with this smelling breath but never a baby. What could be causing it?? :

I'm very sensitive to the smell and she doesn't even have to breath on me. Just stand by me and babble and I can smell it.

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Any other symptoms? Could be strep, but unlikely with no other symptoms.

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sinus infection? post nasal drip?

is she just getting over a cold, or does she have seasonal allergies?
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ive heard cavitys can cause bad breath, and thrush suposedly does to (dont know from experience).
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Is it coming from her mouth or her stomach?
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I was thinking cavities as well.

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Just a thought but the first time I gave dd really garlicky soup her breath was so strong it surprised me. Not bad, just really strong and different since I was so used to her baby breath.

If it hasn't gone away though I would suspect an infection or cold, or else cavities as others have said.
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Now I'm really confused. DD 2 has the same smelling breath. I noticed it two days ago and then not yesterday. This morning I smell it again. DD3 still has it.

No garlic, no sinus infection, no colds, no allergies, no cavities in the 4 y/o she was just at dentist, no symptoms of strep. No sign of thrush that I can see, what should I look for?

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my kids get what i call "sick breath" ...ie: STANKY...when they have tonsilitis. they may or may not have a temp with it.
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my son gets stinky breath when we've been eating a lot of sugar. (well, a lot of sugar for us...)

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A thought did occur to me... could it be Rosemary and Olive oil Triscuits? Yes we had been on vacation and they'd had a lot more sugar than they ever have at home.

It seems to be gone now...thankfully.

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when my son has stinky breath, I always find he has some food stuck in his teeth that isn't coming out with the toothbrush. I have these flosser things I use to floss his teeth and that usually fixes it up immediately. I actually floss his teeth often, and you would be surprised what a toothbrushing misses.
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when my son has stinky breath, I always find he has some food stuck in his teeth that isn't coming out with the toothbrush. I have these flosser things I use to floss his teeth and that usually fixes it up immediately. I actually floss his teeth often, and you would be surprised what a toothbrushing misses.
They won't even let me brush their teeth, much less floss! They like to bruch their teeth themselves.

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well then, that explains it right there! Seriously, babies, toddlers and even older children need real help brushing their teeth. Flossing isn't bad either, in fact it's really good for their teeth. There are a million ways to get children to cooperate with teeth brushing, I know because I have had to use many of them! Games, songs, whatever it takes, you have to do it somehow to get their cooperation in order to care for their teeth.
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We all brush at least once usually more, none of us floss. Flossing makes my skin crawl. Our oldest is almost 7 and only flossed a few times after the dentist gave her the usual floss/brush/and sticker routine. She has no cavities, neither does the 4 y/o. I'm 28, and my husband is almost 28, neither of us have developed any cavities in almost 10 years, not even the beginings of one.

Trust me, games/songs/bribery/you name it my 17 month old won't let me put anything in her mouth. I watch her when she "brushes" well chews on the toothbrush anyway but if I touch it she will clamp her mouth shut like fort knox. Probably comes from all the medication she took as a newborn and infant.

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She has no cavities, neither does the 4 y/o. I'm 28, and my husband is almost 28, neither of us have developed any cavities in almost 10 years, not even the beginings of one.
yeah, well you are young and flossing isn't about cavities so much. My dental hygienist says "don't floss the teeth you don't want to keep" As in, if you don't floss them, you will lose them, and she is dead right. Oh well, more power to you, I can't let my kids inadequate tooth brushing suffice.
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On the topic of flossing, I myself just started. I'm in my 40's and have always just hated how it felt. What made me start? It wasn't the hygentist lecturing to me, no. It was a dear friend (also a non-flosser) who just had his gums cut and scraped (wish I knew what the procedure was called) to address the results of his not flossing for years. Just hearing about it scared me. No way I want to go through that.
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On the topic of flossing, I myself just started. I'm in my 40's and have always just hated how it felt. What made me start? It wasn't the hygentist lecturing to me, no. It was a dear friend (also a non-flosser) who just had his gums cut and scraped (wish I knew what the procedure was called) to address the results of his not flossing for years. Just hearing about it scared me. No way I want to go through that.
Now that sounds very unpleasant. Unpleasant enough to make me consider working on my oral aversion to flossing.

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