Most parents would rarely notice that their child was a mouth breather and even if they do would not think it mattered much. As long as they are breathing and are healthy that’s all that matters surely?
Well the truth is no! It matters a lot but the unfortunate problem is that you won’t be advised by your GP or dentist otherwise! With rare exceptions I may add.
Problems that may often arise for mouth breathing children include:
Chronic hidden hyperventilation
Crowded teeth & many other orthodontic problems
Poor facial bone development
Repeated throat infections
Asthma in children genetically predisposed
Poor concentration due to brain hypoxia
Behavioural problems associated with the above
A lifetime of many varied health problems if not corrected
See the other blogs relating to some o the above for more detailed information.
Check your child’s breathing today:
1. If a baby, does he or she breathe through the mouth a lot of the time?
2. If an older child see how many steps they can do after a normal out-breath whilst holding their nose and keeping their mouth shut. If they can’t easily manage over 40 steps the chances are they are hyperventilating.
3. For your adult child get them to see how long they can hold their breath for comfortably after a normal out-breath. If they can’t manage more than 30 seconds they have a over-breathing problem that will be adversely affecting their health.
4. Does your child snore in sleep?
Most children can learn to correct their breathing with a little training very quickly and permanently. Contact us for details of distant or face to face training.