Does mouth breathing affect my child’s sleep?
If your child has trouble sleeping, or wakes up during the night it could be that you have a mouth breather on your hands. As a baby sleep coach, I see how common mouth breathing is in young children and how this could be the reason your child is not sleeping through the night, so read on to see Mouth Breathing could be affecting your child or baby’s sleep.
Why might my child breathe through their nose?
For the first few months of their lives, newborn babies breathe pretty much exclusively through their nose unless there’s a reason they can’t such as having a blockage in their nasal passage, usually because your little one has a cold. In a bid to keep taking in oxygen, they will use their mouth to breathe because their nose is not up to the job. A more long-term reason for nasal congestion could be allergies that hinder a child’s airway and forces them to use their mouth to breathe. Because symptoms from allergies are over a longer period of time, this is more likely to encourage new (and bad) habits of resorting to breathing through the mouth even after the airway is cleared.
Why is it a problem if my child breathes through their mouth?
When it comes to mouth breathing, there are several factors that make it something to avoid. Both doctors and dentists suggest many side effects of mouth breathing that can cause your child discomfort and even lead to more long-term problems developing. In young children, breathing solely through the mouth can cause dry mouth and contribute to crooked teeth. It can lead to physical abnormalities if left to continue over a longer period of time and it can also cause dental problems as well contributing to a disrupted sleeping pattern.
How can I help my child breathe through their nose?
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