//What causes halitosis in babies and children?
What causes halitosis in babies and children? 2018-03-28T10:04:37+00:00


Top 13 most frequently asked questions about halitosis (bad breath).

Dr Jonas Nunes, recognised expert in halitosis and Director of the Breath Institute, answers the most frequently asked questions about halitosis (bad breath).

06. What causes halitosis in babies and children?

Halitosis in infants is very common and many worried parents often contact us to find out whether their child’s halitosis could be a symptom of a serious illness, and because their child is the target of jokes and teasing from their peer grou

Cases of halitosis with an otolaryngological cause are more common in children”.

Children are more likely to suffer from types of halitosis of otolaryngological origin (originating in the ear, nose and throat), such as those caused by tonsillar or adenoidal hypertrophy, obstruction of the nasal airway, etc. We have even seen cases of foreign bodies in the nose (such as a pencil, etc.), especially in very young children. Other clinical centres have also reported similar cases.

It is true that halitosis in a new born baby can have the same possible causes as halitosis in adults. If the cause is not apparent to the parents (e.g. not due to poor hygiene), I would recommend visiting a specialist clinic where diagnostic tests can be carried out to determine the cause (remember that bad breath can be a sign of an underlying illness) so that the child can be treated as soon as possible.

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