Childhood Diseases

Posted by: ANONYM | 2010-05-15



Hi there. Can I please have some advice, my 6 year old boy has a bad breath. I took him to the dentist and the dentis advised all seems fine but he need to brush his teeth and tounge twice daily(which he does). I also bought him a mouth wash but the problem doesnt go away. Any advice please!

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Of course it is not usual for a young child to have bad breath. You have excluded dental decay as a possible cause by seeing your dentist. The most common cause of bad breath at this age is simply due to chronic mouth breathing especially when sleeping. The main cause of mouth breathing is a persistently blocked nose. If you suspect that your son has a blocked nose then he should be seen by an ENT specialist. Other causes of bad breath include sinus infection, tonsil infection or sometimes something that the child has pushed up the nose such as a peanut or small bead. This usually occurs in younger children than your son's age group.In any case it may be a good idea to see an ENT specialist as all of thes possible causes need to be excluded.

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Posted by: anonym | 2010-05-17

Thank you, this is very helpful and I do suspect mouth breathiugning as well. I will take him to an ENT specialist for further assistance.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010-05-15

At this age bad breath is usually from a post nasal drip or when children have a cold.

Give 5ml of Allecet in the morning and 5ml at night for a few days and see if that solves the problem.
(you can also give the dose as 10ml at night).

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