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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: KATJIE | 2007/08/20

Q.

BAD BREATH / CUTTING HAIR

HI,

My son is 41/2 and has bad breath, especially in the mornings. i have noticed that he breaths trhough his mouth when he sleeps. I also suspect he might be suffering from sinusitis, his nose is always blocked and when he sneezes he has a yellowish discharge, he has no other apparent symptoms of having a cold.

ABout cutting hair, he absolutely hates cutting his hair, he screams and i actually have to restrain him when they are cutting his hair. I've tried to bribe him, taken him with other boys to have his hair cut, but nothing seems to help. he's been like this ever since i started having his hair cut. WHen i brush his air he always mentions that i must be careful of his ears. No, his ears has never been nicked when cutting his hair. HELP!!! ANY SUGGESTIONS. I FEEL I TRAUMATIZE HIM EVERY TIME I HAVE HIS HAIR CUT.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your child appears to have a very blocked nose. At his age this is usually due to enlarged adenoids. His bad breath comes from his persistent mouth breathing. Please ask an ENT specialist to see him. He will probably need to have his adenoids removed which is a very minor operation these days.
As for his hair cutting performance. He probably had a traumatic experience when his hair was first cut. Try and find a hairdresser or barber who is known to be very good with children. Be very patient with your son and with time things will improve. Will he let you cut his hair? This may be the best solution.

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