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My 29 month old has really bad breath. This just started a few weeks ago. Nothing in his diet has changed. We brush his teeth regularly with kid toothpaste. He has had pneumonia and an ear infection for the past week, just getting over it, but otherwise is very healthy.<br><br>
Any ideas as to why he's breathing stinky?
 

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I agree with AprilV. Also try flossing.
 

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Quickly and carefully. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I got some of those flossers from the store. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Helped keep my fingers from being bitten. <a href="http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?id=prod1696453&CATID=100206&skuid=sku1696440&V=G&ec=frgl_wic&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=sku1696440" target="_blank">http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...sku=sku1696440</a><br><br>
Flossing your childs' teeth is incredibly important. Seriously, my dentist said if he had to choose between brushing or flossing their childrens teeth, he'd definitely tell parents to floss their childrens teeth. If your child is eating solids, food will get stuck in between their teeth. And if you don't get that food out, it sits there against the teeth rotting. A lot of cavities start in between teeth it seems, and that makes sense.<br><br>
My youngest ds had a hard time letting me floss his teeth. I started out doing a couple teeth - wait half an hour - floss a couple more - wait another half hour - (like that). His tolerance for letting me floss got better over time, so now I can floss all of them in a sitting.
 

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I bought the flossers too and they are dinosaur shaped. She gets a kick out of the dino "cleaning her teeth.<br><br>
OP was he on antibiotics? I noticed bad breath last time my LO was finishing the ABs. Might have his system a little out of whack.. Maybe yogurt or probiotics?
 

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Bad breath can be a sign of infection.<br><br>
Sinus, tonsils, etc. It can also be something that has been stuck up a nostril! You might want to see if you child can breath out of both nostrils. If not, there might be a pea up there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br><br>
Also because he has been sick, I would suspect a sinus infection. (and YES, toddlers can get them, despite what a lot of ped's think).
 

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I vote infection of some type...probably sinus.<br><br>
also...bad breath can be a sign of reflux. DS has had reflux from birth and has always had bad breath. He's a "swallower" not a "spitter", so we didn't get a diagnosis until he was a bit older...but boy, did he have some BAD breath!
 

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If he's just getting over pneumonia and an ear infection, I bet he's having some post-nasal drip. That can make breath pretty beastly!<br><br>
I'd keep doing what you're doing, along with getting the tongue when you brush. See if it goes away in a week or two, once he's fully recovered.
 

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Bad breath can be a sign of something stuck up the nostrils - like a pea or corn kernel.
 
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