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A 28-year-old female asked:

Can babies breathe through their mouth if their nose is stopped up while asleep?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well.The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle.

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Last updated Oct 11, 2015

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