Friday, July 11, 2008

Stinky Baby Breath

When I went to get Grayson out of his crib this morning, I noticed an odd smell. Not a stinky diaper smell; it was different. I didn't really think that much about it because, let's face it, sometimes babies smell funny.

But then it lingered. He took his bottle, and I was still catching a whiff every now and then. I finally decided he must have drooled excessively during the night (imagine that! Grayson drooling excessively!), so I went to change his clothes and gave him a once-over with a baby wipe. There...that ought to take care of it! Only it didn't. Then I realized this was a smell that I had smelled before, just not in babies. About that time, Grayson pulled up on my shoulder and laughed in my face. BINGO! I found the smell! Grayson had super stinky breath!

Then I remembered that we had chicken and pasta last night with a cream sauce with garlic in it. My 9 month old has garlic breath! Now, before you all think I'm a horrible mother, I did brush his teeth last night (all 4 of them) and I don't normally give babies garlic. But you try eating around him and not give him some, when he looks at you with those sad eyes and with his mouth wide open, waiting for a bite. Anyway, my dilemma: How do I get rid of baby stinky breath? It's not like he can rinse with some Listerine or anything... And how long does garlic breath last if left unattended? Any help would be greatly appreciated, especially when he's asleep on my shoulder, breathing right in my face.

1 comment:

  1. My daughter has the same problem, starting around her first birthday. I brush her teeth before bed, and after breakfast. But almost every time she wakes up in the morning, or after a nap, she has bad breath. It could just be the garlic...we do eat a lot of it...but there are many things that can cause this. Sinus infections, big tonsils, food stuck in the nose or back of the tongue, halitosis. Even mucus dripping down the back of her throat, which can happen a lot while teething. All I can do is keep brushing her teeth regularly, and ask her dentist when we go in for our next appt


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