Talk to Dr Parul or Dr Bev abou mouth breathing


Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose can impact your child's development.

Here are some things to look our for as a parent. Dr Parul and Dr Bev are happy to chat to you if this applies to your little ones.


  • Can your child breathe through her nose with ease.
  • Has your child seen a dentist by age one
  • Is their dentist concerned with recognising mouth breathing & its health implications?
  • Allergies can force children into mouth breathing, make sure your child is treated for allergies.
  • Make sure that your child’s diet and environment aren’t contributing to allergies.
  • Ask your dentist if your child needs a referral to an orthodontist if they are mouth breathing.


What other signs other should parents look out for?

Besides mouth breathing check to see if your child snores, grinds teeth or clenches their jaw.


What implications can mouth breathing have on children's health?

Children who mouth breathe, snore, grind or clench can be a sign they not getting enough air in through their airways. Their body may not be be able to fall into or stay in a deep sleep.

Deep sleep is when Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is released, which is essential to a child’s brain development and long bone growth.

This disrupted sleep is known as sleep apnea, many children who have sleep apnea are incorrectly diagnosed with ADHD.

Sleep apnea is not as common in children as it is in adults but it is an area for concern and should not be left for children to 'grow out of'.

References

Sleep Apnea in Children: Symptoms, Health Risks, Diagnosis & Treatment

What you need to know if your child snores, grinds or is a mouth breather