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Children with stinky breath

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googgly Tue 02-Sep-08 21:18:16

DS1 has always tended to have smelly breath (not only associated with colds and things). Finally went to paediatric gastroenterologist who said that he was 95% sure it was gastric reflux (he tends to get tummy ache too), and that the solution was: no sweet drinks, no sweet food, no drinking between supper and bedtime, and milk of magnesia twice a day. I haven't tried the cure yet, really because we live in Italy and it's about 35 degrees on a cool day so I can't ration drinks, and eating loads of ice cream in summer is practically required by law, but later in the year I'll give it a go.

Has anyone else had this problem and found a solution?

cat1978 Wed 03-Sep-08 15:41:34

Sorry this is very random...
I recently did a first aid course and the guy running it said that there are 2 types of breathing; either through your nose (most of us do) or through your mouth
He said that you will find people who breathe through their mouths often have smellier breaths (particularly in the morning)
I'm not sure how much truth there is in this mind you...but I know if I have a blocked up nose and breathe through my mouth my mouth tends to feel 'furry' and I feel I have to clean it more than usual
Just a thought... he might be a mouth breather (you don't want to stop the ice cream intake if it's not totally neccesary lol) wink
It was one of things I had never really thought about until I did the course, one of those random things that cropped up when we were talking mouth to mouth rescusitation

Mumsnut Wed 03-Sep-08 20:21:14

Can be a sign of worms, apparently.

dinny Wed 03-Sep-08 20:23:51

has he been to the dentist for check-up? not tooth decay?

iamdingdong Wed 03-Sep-08 20:27:09

DT1 has stinky breath first thing and is a mouth breather (snores like her father )

googgly Fri 05-Sep-08 20:17:12

Thanks everyone. If I remember rightly he had it before he had teeth, and i've checked for worms too. Maybe he's a mouth breather. I'll have a go with the no ice cream thing and see whether it works anyway though.

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