4 Health Issues For Kids Who Sleep With Their Mouths Open

We breathe through our mouths while we speak or do heavy activities, but we are designed to normally breathe through our noses.

Did you know that breathing through our noses is beneficial for our health? Here is why:
• The nose filters the air we breathe
• The nose warms up the air before entering our lungs
• The nose helps us smell everything around us

We are made to breathe through our noses!

Watching your kid sleep peacefully is not only a lifesaver for all the parents out there but it’s also cute. These tiny creatures, no matter how fast they grow, will always be your babies!

Parents have to observe everything happening to their kids while they are growing. Moms are naturally more attentive and might get anxious about small normal things changing in their baby’s routine.

However, there are things both parents should give their full attention to. For example, if your kid is sleeping with their mouth open. It might look normal at first, but it might tell a lot about medical issues for your children.

Viral Strange has collected some information about what health issues might sleeping with their mouth open causes to your children. *Be cautious that any information presented by us is purely informational and you should seek a doctor’s medical advice and treatment!

1. Sleep apnea

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Breathing through the mouth can cause sleep apnea, a sleep disorder causing a person’s breathing to stop and then start again, doctors say.

Sleep apnea is one of the most serious medical indications. The symptoms might also include loud snoring, insomnia, and fatigue during the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to other health problems, such as heart, liver, and metabolic issues.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a type of disorder when the throat muscles relax and don’t let the air go through the regular way.

2. Dry mouth

The air entering the mouth while breathing dries out the lips, and gums. The natural bacteria living inside our mouths changes, and it can lead to gum problems and tooth decay.

3. Dental and jaw problems

Sleeping and breathing through the mouth can lead to dental and jaw problems, such as crooked teeth, malocclusion, a bad bite, etc.

As you can see here, mouth breathing affects the tongue position, which leads to a bad bite and crooked teeth.

4. A long and narrow face

The face becomes longer because of the low tongue posture coming from mouth breathing, show the studies. Mouth breathing also can lead to a convex face with a sloping forehead and a small chin.

Does your kid sleep with their mouth open? Have you encountered any issues? Tell us more in the comments.

Written by Shko Faraj Agha

Adventures Pharmacist, Tech Influencer, Entrepreneur

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