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Should I be brushing my newborns gums??

my son is 6 weeks old and he has a funky smell on his breath.

 
Conley639

Asked by Conley639 at 4:24 PM on Nov. 17, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I'm a pediatric nurse. What we recommend is to use the wet washcloth even now, right from the get-go, so the baby gets used to the habit of putting things in his/her mouth. You can wipe the gums and the tongue, and start using an infant brush when the first tooth arrives. Sooner than you expect, usually.
    kjrn79

    Answer by kjrn79 at 5:11 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • No, babies don't need their mouths brushed until they have teeth. If it bothers you, maybe let him suck on a damp washcloth to scrape some of the milk off his tongue.
    elenalee

    Answer by elenalee at 4:27 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • You can brush them if you want to, you can do it with a washcloth dipped in warm water and wrapped around your index finger. You don't have to do it until he's eating solids.
    rhianna1708

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 4:26 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

  • thank you
    Conley639

    Comment by Conley639 (original poster) at 4:32 PM on Nov. 17, 2010

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