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Child has bad breath. Had cold. How can she get rid of the smell?

Hi, my 13 year old daughter has had very bad breath for about 2 weeks now. she has never had it this bad... she has brushed her teeth 4 times a day sometimes 5, flosses after each brush, uses mouth wash, and uses a tonge scrapper, but nothing helps... she also has had a cold for the past week and i read about these things called adenoids . i read that they can get enflammed and become large in the back of kids mouth and they also can have a very bad oder sometimes due to nasel issue. we think it might be that because she has been nasel for a week now. if she has this how can she get rid of the smell. we have tried almost everything we can think of. what do you think?
Asked On : Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response

As you know, teeth plaques are not the only cause of Halitosis (Bad breath) in kids.
It can happen due to
- Infection of the throat, tonsils, adenoids
- Infection of Para nasal sinuses
- Dehydration etc.

Have her examined by a Pediatrician to rule out any such infections.
Since you say she has got a cold too, its likely to be due to some infection in the upper respiratory tract. How ever causes of acidotic breathing also have to be ruled out. A visit to your doctor will help you out.
All the best.
Dr. Sudha Shree
Answered: Mon, 26 Nov 2012
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