Lux has a tendency to get bad breath. I will be honest, I thought it was a ‘boy’ thing.
It really bothered me as I first noticed it at about 6 months of age. He had just started solids and I thought he had to have something stuck in his tooth or behind his tonsils. It absolutely baffled me as he was still breastfed and had really only just started solids. I asked about it at the doctors when I took him for his immunisations but they couldn’t give me an answer.
I then did the no no thing and Googled, it didn’t help.
About 2 weeks ago it was back and with a vengeance. I thought that I may have had my super size smell working over time with the pregnancy but Mum confirmed that yes, it was bad.
The next day his gums were so red and swollen that he could hardly talk, it was so awful to watch.
Off I trot to the doc with my little man in toe where I was informed that he had gingivitis. Gingivitis!!! Give me a spell! I had never heard of anything so ridiculous. They offered me a numbing antiseptic cream for his mouth and told me to take him to the dentist. To which I responded, yeah, so they can do what to him? I can’t imagine how any stranger could get into a 22month olds mouth without some serious sedation. No thank you.
I then take him to our favourite natural therapies consult where after a quick check in his eyes and I was told he had Candida. Candida is a fungal infection that you can get in your gut/stomach and his had become so bad that it came out in his breath and the infection had gotten into his teeth, apparently very painful. Poor little man.
Course of action. Gluten free and sugar free for a week and a half, papaya and a few drops of a natural liquid at breakfast and dinner. Increased salt intake and lots of water. It cleared up almost immediately.
I have always been a big advocate for trying to heal things naturally, especially with my children. I figure they can’t talk and tell you what’s wrong and I just felt that going to eh doctors really is just a complete guessing game. If in doubt, they usually get thrown antibiotics.
I am not about to go on a anti-doctor and anti antibiotics rave or anything because I truly believe that everything has its place. I really just want all parents to consider the alternative of natural medicines where appropriate.
I am so grateful for this information as I now know he has a sensitivity to gluten and sugar that I could possibly not have become aware of for years. Anytime his diet is going over board in that ‘bad’ area, I can quickly and easily pull it back.
Will he hate me for writing this post in years to come?? Probably. Sorry Lux, you are devine.
Love Mum x