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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.


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.

    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.

    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.

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

  • thank you

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