Bad Nose

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Illustration: Bad Nose

Morning Doc, I want to ask this, my child is 8 years old, so why does it smell bad when breathing, even though I don’t have a cold / flu ?!

1 Answer:

Hello friska,

Thank you for the question.

Child's bad breath is most likely indicating that he is having problems around the nose, sinuses, mouth, throat, and even his ears. As for these problems often it will indeed cause flu-like symptoms, namely in the form of runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, and so on. However, not infrequently this problem does not cause typical symptoms. As for some of the most common examples of causes of this condition are rhinosinusitis (can occur due to allergies, infections, irritation, seasonal changes, vasomotor disorders, side effects of drugs, to disorders of immunity), nasal polyps, nasal septal deviation, enlarged nasal Konka, nasopharyngeal cancer, cavities , tartar, dental abscesses, thrush, otitis media, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, oral candidiasis, xerostomia, and so on.

It may also be that the child's breath odor is a clinical manifestation of other diseases, such as dyspepsia (increased stomach acid), the influence of the type of food or drink consumed (for example onions, alcohol, cheese, fish, soda, coffee), pneumonia, bronchitis , diabetes, lactose intolerance, liver disorders, kidney disorders, and so on.

Need to be clarified, besides the unpleasant breath odor, are there any other complaints that your child is experiencing? How long have you been experiencing this condition for your child?

If there are no other complaints that arise, you should not worry too much about this. Safer, postpone checking your child to the doctor (considering the condition is also not emergency, so that the risk of being infected with COVID-19 can be smaller) and make the following efforts at home:

Teach children to brush properly after every meal and before going to bed
Do not forget, also clean the tongue and between his teeth, then get used to rinse his mouth with salt solution so that his teeth and mouth are clean more perfect
Remind children not to nip excessive nose, especially with dirty hands
If the child has an allergy to certain substances, for example cold, dust mites, and animal dander, avoid it from the allergen
Irrigation of the child's nasal cavity, which is NaCl liquid which is sprayed into each nasal cavity using a syringe that has been removed by the needle
Ask your child to stay close to cigarettes and smoke
Do not carelessly give children medicine

Conversely, if in addition to bad breath you also find your child often has a fever, has a nasal voice, has difficulty breathing, has abnormal discharge from his nose (yellowish, greenish, contains blood), or other complaints appear heavier, you can check him directly to the doctor, pediatrician, or ENT doctor to be treated further according to the cause huh ..

I hope this helps.

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