Why you should get your child evaluated if she snores
In addition to mouth breathing, other signs that children may be starting to develop airway issues include:
- Their lips are apart when at rest and/or strain when they are together.
- There is a forward head posture. Kids may do this because it helps open the airway.
- You see a high narrow palate and/or a scalloped tongue when looking into their mouth.
- They are developing a long face, flat cheeks, a weak chin, and/or a gummy smile.
- They have poor facial symmetry.
- They sound nasal when they speak.
- They are having speech and/or hearing difficulties.
What can parents do if their child is a mouth breather?
Parents should aim to break the child’s habit of mouth breathing so his facial structures will develop normally. In addition to an assessment by a medical professional, concentrate on teaching your child to breathe through her nose, and encourage her to sleep on her side.
What if you’re an adult suffering from breathing issues?
While the optimal time to evaluate airway issues is as a child, one is never too old to get an evaluation and improve airflow through the nose. There are lots of options available.
Approximately 30 million Americans need help opening their nasal passages. As with all things medial-related, don’t try to self-diagnose or treat the issue without an evaluation. That being said, if I see that a patient has a small nasal pathway, I suggest using a nasal dilator such as Mute, which is safe to use in ages 12 and older. Mute is anatomically shaped to sit comfortably inside the nose. It gently expands the nasal passages and increases the volume of air traveling through the nose, making nasal breathing easier to achieve. When my patients try Mute, they can’t believe how great it feels. It’s inconspicuous and easy to use, and people don’t mind wearing them. In fact, many of my patients prefer Mute to surgery, so I send them to their local drugstore to buy them.