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Ever since I night-weaned DS two months ago, he's had the most <i>awful</i> breath. He's only nursing about once a day now. Even after I brush his teeth, it smells rank.<br><br>
He also has developed a chronic sniffly nose and morning cough the last several months - it started shortly after we moved to our new house. I think this house has ventilation problems; it smells mildewy and damp. We bought a de-humidifier, but it isn't helping much.<br><br>
I'm wondering if he's developing allergies/asthma, and if this could affect his breath somehow? Thoughts?
 

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Allergies and asthma <span style="text-decoration:underline;">DEFINITELY</span> cause bad breath.<br><br>
Sounds to me like the mildew is affecting his sinus and that also causes bath breath. Either can give him chronic bad breath. Poor child.<br><br>
Chronic coughing in the morning is another sign of allergies that are causing him lung problems.<br><br>
And air conditioning can and does make the problem much worse. Although some people with heart problems, can't survive without it.<br><br>
The mold problem has to be taken care of. The house has to be ventilated. It also has to be aired out every single day no matter what the weather is like.<br><br>
If I were you I would also take out the carpeting in his room, even if you only use the sub floor (painted) and a few area rugs. Area rugs can be aired out and they don't have padding underneath which is mostly the culprit since it breaks down and keeps working its way up as dust.<br><br>
(In the bedrooms where we still have wall-to-wall carpeting, we lifted the carpeting up, took out the padding and carpeting strips and laid the carpet back down. The carpet was still pretty new, so we didn't want to throw it out just yet.)<br><br>
I would also take his curtains down and just use roll up blinds in his room. Any stuffed animals should be gotten rid of.<br>
Apropos stuffed animals, the older, the safer they are because the smell of the chemicals have mostly dissipated and certainly they have been washed many times. Newer ones are the worst. If you can't get rid of one, throw it into the washer several times.
 

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How are his teeth? Our dd had some cavities and once those were fixed, her breath improved greatly.
 

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His teeth look great, as far as I can tell.<br><br>
Yeah, I figured it was the mildew problem. The first time I changed our bedding, I noticed mold growing on the baseboards and black mildew on the futon frame! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"> Our sheets smell mildewy even fresh out of the dryer.<br><br>
The main problem I think is that this is a 100 year old house that was gutted and redone last summer - new drywall, windows, carpet, everything - and now it's sealed up <i>too</i> tightly. There is no central heat, just wall heaters, so there's no exchange of inside/outside air.<br><br>
This is also my first time living with carpet - yuck! I don't know how people stand it. It feels damp and dirty no matter how much I vac. It absolutely grosses me out to see DS crawling around on it when he plays. It's outta here ASAP!<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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