Excessive warmth and overdressing are as harmful as cold weather. Temperature inside your home should not exceed 23 degrees ||Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is the best prevention of food allergies ||Don't ever be afraid to ask for help from a friend or relative. Time away will let you recharge. ||Reading aloud will help your baby be a better reader when she's older. ||Don't forget to watch what you say and do around your child: Imitation is one of the ways toddlers learn socially acceptable behavior. ||Most newborns need eight to 12 feedings a day — about one feeding every two to three hours ||Children who gain weight quickly during their first six months are more likely to be obese or at risk of obesity by age 3 ||Only close friends and relatives should visit you during your first month at home. They should not visit if they are sick ||Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||Design a kid corner and fill it with things safe for your toddler like Tupperware, toys, empty boxes, etc. ||
My child's mouth odor smells bad. Why is that?


Throughout the day, saliva washes away unwanted debris. As soon as a child falls asleep, saliva production drops, and the muscles relax resulting in "morning breath." If the odor is persisting through the day there are some common causes to think about:

 
  • The most common cause is simply poor dental hygiene. Normal bacteria that live in the mouth interact with the leftover food particles. Bacteria, if left to stagnate and proliferate, can cause bad odor in a healthy child.
 
  • Tooth decay can also be a reason. The child should be taken to visit the dentist regularly to have his teeth and gums examined.
 
  • Eating certain foods, especially things like garlic and onions
 
  • Postnasal drip from a cold, sinus infections, or allergies. Breathing through the mouth — due to a stuffy nose, for example — encourage the growth of the bacteria in his mouth.
 
  • Bad breath can signal a throat infection.
 
  • Bad breath could also be caused through sucking a pacifier or sucking the thumb. The object could have an odor from repeated exposure to saliva and oral bacteria. Try and make the child stop the sucking habit. Sterilize those items that he frequently sucks on.
 
  • Toddlers often stuff items in their noses, and then forget about them. If this foreign body is left there, it can begin to rot or cause a surrounding infection.
 

If your child's bad breath doesn't improve with better dental hygiene, consult your Pediatrician or call 2356 for a further evaluation.

 

 

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