If your baby has bad breath, it can occur for many reasons.

Let’s say you are taking your baby for a walk in the stroller on a Saturday morning and a friendly passerby who sees your cute baby wants to interact with your baby.

No one is going to expect to have such a bad experience such as smelling severe bad breath from an infant, and will be caught totally off guard if the breath smells exceptionally sour or bad.

No one would suspect this coming from a cute cuddly baby, but even though this degree of severity is rare, it can happen.

The problem could either be the result of a serious illness, gastric reflux disease, hernia, or it could even be from poor hygiene.

The most common occurrence of bad breath happens right after your baby awakens from sleep. This occurs all throughout life and should be of no surprise.

Even we as adults have this problem. Another reason for your baby having not-so-fresh breath is spitting up. Some babies spit up more often than others.

If that is the case, you should take your baby to see its pediatrician promptly as this could be the precursor to something more serious.

Baby Bad Breath Causes

Bad breath is usually caused by increased bacterial growth in the mouth, it could be present on your gums, and also on your tongue.

While some bad baby breath is caused by major medical problems, most causes of bad baby breath can be improved and eventually cured by taking a closer look at the tendencies and movements of the child.

Take a second look at the hygiene habits that you have started so that it won’t return in the future.

Generally, babies who spit up often generally smell sour, and this could be the culprit with the bad breath being a side-lying symptom of a more serious problem.

However, if you have consulted with your pediatrician and there are no serious medical problems causing the bad breath, there are things you can do to prevent bad breath in your little one

The causes of bad baby breath include:

  • Dry Mouth – Baby is breathing through its mouth
  • Foreign Object – Babies / Kids grab they will most likely pick up anything and everything that they come across
  • Poor Hygiene – The mouth is full of normal bacteria
  • Smelly Food – eating such as garlic and onions
  • Illness – Tonsillitis / Sinus infections and seasonal allergies that could cause bad breath
  • Reflux – regurgitation of a baby’s food

1: Tongue Cleaning:

Make sure the tongue is clean after feedings. (You only need to do this if there is an odor problem) You can use something as simple as a clean wash rag and clear water.

Place the rag over your finger and gently wipe the tongue after feedings, but don’t go too far as you don’t want to activate the gagging reflex. The tongue is where a lot of odors caused by bacteria hide.

2: Gum Cleaning

As part of your daily good hygiene regimen, use a gum cleaner to safely clean your baby’s gums.

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The glum cleaner is a rubber apparatus with soft scrubbers that fits on the tip of your index finger. You can also use this device to clean your baby’s tongue.

3: Don’t Let Baby Sleep With a Dripping Bottle in It’s Mouth

If you put your baby to bed with a bottle, when your baby has fallen asleep, remove the bottle as this will pool milk or formula into the mouth where it will sit and become stale and odorous.

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Pooling formula can also rot the gums setting the stage for severe gum disease because of its high sugar content. Pooling milk or formula can also cause a sleeping infant to choke, so it is better to play it safe and remove the bottle once he or she has fallen asleep.

Following these steps should improve the smell of your baby’s breath including his or her health and well-being.