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#1 bubzillaiscoming

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:13 PM

I have recently noticed my 15 month old has bad breath sad.gif

He eats what I would consider to be a normal diet - weetbix, milk, sandwiches (vegemite, jam, peanut butter) and meat and vegetables with yoghurt for dinner. Interspersed with pieces of fruit or biscuits for snacks.

He does have a toothbrush, but we don't use toothpaste yet (should we??) and he really plays with the brush rather than brushing properly, although I do try to give them a proper scrub.

Could it be his dummies? They don't seem to smell, but should I throw them all out and get new ones?

I really want to fix this as it is taking the shine off our cuddles and kisses!!!

#2 imamumto3

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:15 PM

I would use toothpaste, just a small blob of a baby one.

Also, the dummies could need replacing or boiling, I suppose it depends how often he is using them.

Edited by imamumto3, 26 April 2012 - 09:19 PM.


#3 Le-a

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:16 PM

My DS has just had a cold, and I noticed his breath was a bit off before it became obvious he was sick, the sore throat perhaps?

Could your DS be coming down with something?

ETA, my understanding re. toothpaste was that you shouldn't use it until the child can spit it out.

Edited by Le-a, 26 April 2012 - 09:18 PM.


#4 bubzillaiscoming

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:20 PM

QUOTE (imamumto3 @ 26/04/2012, 09:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I would use toothpaste, just a small blob of a baby one.

Also, the dummies could need replacing or boiling, I suppose it depends how often she is using them.


Only when he is sleeping, but never outside of his cot. He also tends to spit them out after a while, so doesn't have them in for 12 straight hours.

Don't think he is coming down with anything, but I think he is teething. Not sure if this could be the cause? Hmmm

Thanks for replies thus far original.gif



#5 memomine

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:21 PM

both of my kids got bad breath when teething...? As soon as the teeth came through or calmed down they went back to normal.

#6 belindarama

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:22 PM

Is he a chucker? My 23 month old has had it for a while and was chucking quite a bit. It turned out to be a symptom of mild reflux.

He's very happy and sleeps well. Never had any other symptoms, ie, was not an unsettled baby, didn't chuck after every feed etc.

He has a sensitive gag reflex and the chucking is usually triggered by coughing, crying or gagging. It wasn't getting any better and he was still vomiting once a week on average so we took him to the paed. Turned out it was the reflux causing the vomiting and the bad breath.

#7 April12

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:24 PM

Does he have any white coating on the tongue?
How often is he passing a stool? Is he constipated?

It can often be a sign of digestive disturbances. ie constipation, candida, etc.

#8 1miss2littlemen

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:25 PM

Could he have something stuck up his nose in one nostril? I know that sounds bizarr but my frinds DD did and her breath didnt smell bad after it was taken out.

#9 imamumto3

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

just another thought, what brand of dummy does he use?  with ds I found the happy baby ones smelt after a while but the tommee tippee didnt.

My DS is 6 & quite often has stinky breath even though he brushes with toothpaste twice a day & eats a good, varied diet, but then his dads breath is also pretty smelly, maybe its genetic  wink.gif

#10 her mum

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

My 12 month old is the same with bad breath. We use a baby, no fluoride toothpaste, dentist has recommended this and says that it's fine to not spit it out as it's such a small amount.

She has a dummy also and I think that sometimes some spit dries behind the dummy and this can be the cause of things. Changing the dummy and washing it throughout the day and regular drinks of water seem to help also.

#11 bubzillaiscoming

Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:12 PM

- definitely not a chucker

- not constipated, if anything has been more loose lately (hence me thinking teething)

- Will have to check his nostrils original.gif

- We just use the Coles brand of dummy, maybe I should go back to Tommee Tippee or Avent??

Thanks again everyone

#12 wallofdodo

Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:16 PM

Another vote for getting a cold. My son's breath is a bit wiffy before he gets sick.

#13 Maybe this month

Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:25 PM

My 17 month old has bad breath too.  She has chronic constipation and intermittent reflux so they are the most likely causes for her but I was just talking to her GP about it this week and he said it is very common.

#14 BeYOUtiful

Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:34 PM

I have read somewhere (cannot recall where) that a pea sized amount of baby toothpaste from 18mths.  My son will just suck the toothbrush, so I brush his teeth every night.

I hope you can figure out the odour OP  original.gif

#15 MamaTwo

Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:38 PM

My DS had the same thing so I asked the ENT dr when we had a check up after grommets - he said it was because he had a low grade throat infection. He was fine after a course of antibiotics but I did have to throw out and replace dummies as well.

#16 shelly1

Posted 29 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

I asked DD's dentist about it (specialist pediatric dentist)  who said dental hygiene doesn't really affect bad breath - the main cause is digestive issues (she has a slight lactose intolerance).  You could try some lactose free milk or some probiotics to improve the health of the stomach

#17 Mamabug

Posted 29 April 2012 - 09:00 PM

For us our DS's dog-bum-cheese-breath (yes, by the time he was 2.5yo it really was THAT bad) was caused by massive adenoids and rotten tonsils.

No ENT-ish issues? Does he snore?

#18 Penguin78

Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE (memomine @ 26/04/2012, 09:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
both of my kids got bad breath when teething...? As soon as the teeth came through or calmed down they went back to normal.


Same with my LO. Might be teeth?




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