A 39-year-old member asked:
what causes babies to ingest milk into their lungs?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Aspiration: The swallowing and breathing tubes use the same mouth and rely on a transitional structure called the epiglottis to close over the breathing tube and allow you to swallow food/fluids. If a baby is breathing in while the fluid is trying to go down, some can sneak passed the epiglottis and be inhaled into the lung. Luckily this rarely happens.
Last updated Nov 7, 2018
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