Mouth breathing Child

On 30 May, 2012 by Dr Chohan

Mouth breathing in children is a common problem. Most common cause is blockage of nose due to Adenoids enlargement. .

Mouth breathing is a serious problem in children of growing age. It may have serious effects on general health and growth. In some conditions child becomes hard of hearing.

Adenoid hypertrophy, tonsil hypertrophy, nasal polyps, deviated nasal septum, a backward positioned lower jaw caused by thumb sucking, Chronic allergies,

Signs in Mouth Breathers

  • Difficulty breathing through nose
  • Retarded physical growth
  • Dry lips
  • Long, narrow face
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Excessive creases between lower lip and chin
  • Allergies
  • Smaller jaws with crowded teeth
  • Large tonsils

Effects of Mouth Breathing

  • Jaw deformity
  • Compromised airway
  • Altered head, neck and body posture
  • Bad breath and gum disease
  • Lowered immune system and poor health
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Poor performance in school

If your child is mouth breather please observe his hearing. If he speaks loudly or increases the volume of TV while watching his favourite progam parents should suspect that child is developing hearing problem. Mouth breathing in children should be addressed as soon as possible by consulting an ENT specialist, who is experienced in treating this condition.



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