Bad Breath On 5yr Old

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MJM - March 23

Well my daughter is not an infant but I figure I would post this anyway. She is 5 yrs old. This weekend and up until tuesday she had a really bad cold. A little bit of a fever here and there. Nothing to call the dr about. Well it seems that during her cold her breath was horrid. If I had bad gag reflexes I would have gagged. I just figured that since her nose was stuffy and she was breathing through her mouth that was why. Well it is now Thursday and it is still horrid. She will brush her teeth and tongue and everything is fine until about 15 minutes later. I keep asking her if her tummy feels funny and she says no. Does anyone know what this could be or has anyone experienced this before.


jessb - March 23

Have you had her teeth checked recently. Maybe one is rotting or has a cavity. Thats just a total guess, I have no idea what it could be.


tracyg - March 23

My friend had this happen to her 3 yr old son. Come to find out it was a piece of tissue stuck up in his nose. She said when it finally came out she just about lost it!!!


HANNAHs Mom - March 23

When my dd was 3+ she was also experiencing some bad breath. The pediatrician told me that her tonsils/adenoids were on the large side and often food paricles can get stuck back there and produce a dreadful odor. I also took her for a dental check-up and she did in fact have a cavity. (watch out for those raisons!)


MJM - March 23

Her teeth are fine. Went to the dentist and she was perfect. She has no tonsils/adnoids. She had those removed when she was not quite 3ys. She had sleep apnea. I guess I will just keep an eye on it and if it continues I will call the dr.


Erin1979 - March 23

What Hannah's mom said is very true. I am a dental hygienist. Some people have enlarged tonsils and partices get stuck and can cause the odor. You have "smaller tonsils" on the back of your tongue (looks bumpy as the tonuge goes down the throat) food could be getting caught there too. Also, people who have sinus infections or sinus problems can have terrible breath too. I would keep an eye on it, and if it is still that way in a week, I would take her to the doctor. She may need meds.



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