October 21, 2022
When discussing mouth breathing, it’s often confused with children breathing out their mouth due to a runny or stuffy nose, this isn’t the case. When we talk about habitual mouth breathing we mean a persistent and ongoing issue. In this blog, we will look at what to look out for if you think your child might be mouth breathing, as well as what to do if you identify this is the case.
Firstly, it’s important to understand as a parent why your child might breathe through their mouth. There are many different reasons children can breathe through their mouth persistently, these include:
It’s also important to know why mouth breathing isn’t great for children. There are many problems that can develop from your child persistently mouth breathing
Habitual mouth breathing changes your child’s facial structure, potentially leading to:
When your child can’t breathe properly, their brain can’t function properly either. The result is:
How to identify mouth breathing?
Symptoms of mouth breathing
Now we know the symptoms, why it happens and how to identify, we need to think about what we do once we identify it. Depending on the age of your child, there can be different options available for them. It’s always best to make an appointment with their doctor/dentist which will then get you a referral for a full diagnosis and treatment. These options can include:
Another option you can consider is one that is right here. SleepQ+ is a lip- sealing gel that controls mouth breathing when sleeping. This adhesive gel is applied to the lips to gently keep your mouth closed so you can maintain nasal breathing when sleeping. It is made in the USA to FDA manufacturing standards and is recommended by health care professionals. Please find SleepQ+ gel here.
Other useful blogs on the SleepQ+ website:
If mouth breathing continues, it can cause lots of problems but if caught early it can be reversed.
This blog is written by Olivia Huson, Twinkl Educational Publishing and you can find her blogs here.
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