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Babies and Breathing – Children and Mouth-Breathing

June 7, 2011 1 comment

This article will talk about a very important topic on Babies and Breathing – Children and Mouth-Breathing.  The human nose has many important roles.  Two obvious ones, smell and taste, often goes hand in hand.  It is also the gateway to the lungs which provides oxygen to the bloodstream.  As part of the defense barrier that works in concert with your immune system, it warms the air and provides humidification and filtration before it goes into your lungs.  The nose can trap foreign particles as small as 5 microns through a series of filtrations starting from the nose hairs, nasal turbinates, all the way to the mucosal membrane and cilia.   Breathing through the nose is very important in facial anatomic maturation, formation and development of airway physiology.

The human nose and nasal cavity.

What about the mouth?  Some people breathe with their mouths?  What if my baby is a mouth breather?

The mouth is not the normal route for breathing air, not for adults and not for children.  Yes there are people who have adapted for a long time to breathe through their mouths.  However there are health consequences that come with mouth breathing. Read more…

Babies and Breathing – Why do babies prefer to breathe through their nose?

June 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Sometimes it is easy to assume that babies are fully functioning “mini me’s”.  This was one of the first things medical school taught us never to assume.  Each age group has different needs and functioning capabilities.  Thus there are divisions of medicine into specialties like Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

It has been long understood that babies are obligate nose breathers.  Although this terminology defines breathing strictly through the nose, it is widely written to mean that babies “prefer” to breathe in air through their noses rather than their mouths. [1] (A corresponding article on Babies and Mouth-Breathing is also written for those interested.) Read more…