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inhaling from mouth while sleeping

Manohar
1 to 3 years

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Updated on Apr 15, 2013

Hi All, I am a father of 4 years old daughter. My daughter is inhaling from her mouth while she is sleeping. We tried to close her mouth, but then she is not comfortable to inhale from her nose. So she cries when i close her mouth while she is sleeping. And also during the day, she is not closing her mouth during her activities like watching TV, observing something etc. We keep on tell her to close mouth and will close her mouth. We heard that this will lead her teeth problems. Can some one here please guide us how we can make sure that she will come out of this habit?

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Prajakta Deodhar

| Apr 23, 2013

My daughter is 2 years n even she started inhaling from mouth due to nasal congestion in winter but even now she keeps her mouth open while sleeping...

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AM

| Apr 17, 2013

Tks for sharing yr views abt mouth inhaling... my son also used to inhale from mouth in winters due to nose stuff/blocked... but still i hv seen, he keeps his mouth open while sleeping... I will observe him from now on...

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AM

| Apr 17, 2013

Tks for sharing yr views abt mouth inhaling... my son also used to inhale from mouth in winters due to nose stuff/blocked... but still i hv seen, he keeps his mouth open while sleeping... I will observe him from now on...

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Manohar

| Apr 16, 2013

Great, thanks everyone for giving me your valuable suggestions. I will contact you after talking to ENT.

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Manjunath

| Apr 16, 2013

If it persists beyond 7 years and above or problems due to hypertrophy oike otitis media bad breath, snoring, adenoid facies we can consider early surgery, but we need to ascertain the cause, so meet local ENT surgeon first

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Manjunath

| Apr 16, 2013

Hi Mr Manohar, most likely its adenoid hypertrophy, mostly happens due to age, as lymphoid growth happens max in this age,

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gaurima

| Apr 16, 2013

you can try trying nasal strips for clearing the blocked nasal pathways, make her sleep on her side or use pillow if she sleep on her back and get her checked by the doctor for sure.

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gaurima

| Apr 16, 2013

Hi Manohar !! Breathing through the mouth can be due to excessive use of pacifier during infancy, recurring allergies, constriction of upper airways, mispositioned lower jaw often caused by thumb-sucking and insufficient suckling during infancy. Other causes may include the occurrence of nasal polyps, deviation of nasal septum and tonsil hypertrophy. Many health practitioners say that breathing through the mouth is also brought on by chest congestion, asthma, obesity, sleep apnea, over eating, constipation, over-clothing.

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Shanaya

| Apr 15, 2013

Hi Manohar, to second what Dyuti mentioned, I suggest you consult an ENT specialist at the earliest. Obstruction in the nasal passage, or infection in tonsils or adenoids may be the reason for your child's breathing through mouth. You have heard correctly that breathing through mouth can cause problems in teeth positioning. If unchecked, it can cause other problems as well. A visit to the doc will help you understand if this is just a habit she has picked up or there is a condition that needs treatment..

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Dyuti

| Apr 15, 2013

Hi Manohar. You could wait and see if this habit of your daughter changes over the next few months. But if she has been breathing from her mouth since sometime, then I suggest you consult an ENT. A doctor will be best to diagnose the condition and check why she has been breathing through her mouth. Inhaling through the nose filters the air we breath, which is not done when inhaling through the mouth. Hence, I suggest you speak to her doctor for advice. Hope this helps.

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