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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…