Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Serina Weber | 2009-05-01

Q.

causes of bad breath

what could cause bad breath from my 4 year old, never had a problem before, I brush her teeth and give her a mouth wash for kids, she has a running nose sometimes, and on and off little bit of throat infection? Lately her breath is getting worse! What can I do?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

As you will know from previous questions on this forum, one does not expect children to have bad breath. If your daughter's teeth are normal this removes one important possible cause. Another is persistent mouth breathing due to a blocked nose. The third possibility is tonsil infection. It may be a good idea to have her checked because of possible enlarged adenoids and tonsil problems.

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