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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What causes obstructive sleep apnea in children who already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Sleep apnea: Is your child in the normal weight catagory- if they are heavier or their body anatomy like a narrow palate or thick neck could cause a smaller airway that may be a factor. They may need orthodontia to help open the air way. ...Read more

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What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

What can cause obstructive sleep apnea in children that already have their adenoids & tonsils out?

Other causes: An enlarged tongue, a retruded lower jaw, excess tissue in the soft palate, a deviated septum, enlarged nose turbinates or nasal polyps can all contribute to obstructive sleep apnes. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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My 3 years old has speech delay, she was also diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, can this cause speech delay?

My 3 years old has speech delay, she was also diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, can this cause speech delay?

No: No,unless she has middle ear fluid,for some time,you should have that checked,if yes,consider tubes,in ears,,following antibiotic failure ...Read more

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Is snoring linked to speech difficulties in children?

Is snoring linked to speech difficulties in children?

Snoring and Speech: Generally snoring and speech are not related. Not sure, go see an ENT to get an opinion. ...Read more

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Could children or baby who snore habitually have lower intelligence?

Could children or baby who snore habitually have lower intelligence?

Maybe,maybe not: I find that intellect has little to do with their sleeping habits. It is possible, that such a kid would have sleep apnea to the point they lost oxygen during sleep and might not fare well as they grew up. Any kid 2-4 years who snores regularly should be evaluated by an ENT and or sleep disorder center. ...Read more

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4 year old has speech delay. We speak 3 langs at home and she doesn't interact w other toddlers. Can pre k+ speech therapy fix/help?

4 year old has speech delay. We speak 3 langs at home and she doesn't interact w other toddlers. Can pre k+ speech therapy fix/help?

Should: Multilingual kids should still progress with speech & language at the same pace as others. I would contact the local public school special services department & arrange an evaluation. They have a program called Child Find which is designed to find such kids and work with them to prepare them for school entry. ...Read more

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Can an HIV positive child aged 3 years infect other children when he plays with them?

Can an HIV positive child aged 3 years infect other children when he plays with them?

Not easily: Transmission of HIV is primarily via sexual intercourse and by blood transfusions. It is highly unlikely that a 3 year old with HIV can transmit the virus to other kids. However it is always good to practice universal precautions if the child with HIV has a major bleeding incident. ...Read more

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I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee. Is this ok?

I work with preschoolers and have observed parents feeding their kids coffee.  Is this ok?

Not recommended: Children don't really need caffeinated beverages of any type. It's best to avoid coffee, caffeinated tea, sodas, etc. It can cause jitteriness, trouble sleeping, irritability, dehydration, and increased heart rate and blood pressure. ...Read more

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My toddler have acid reflux, difficulty breathing and her adenoids & tonsils were removed is she eligible for disability?

My toddler have acid reflux, difficulty breathing and her adenoids & tonsils  were removed is she eligible for disability?

You're kidding ??.: Disability issues are determined on a state by state basis. Such medical issues are common in early childhood & resolve as a kid grows older.Why a kid would be considered disabled because of routine childhood illness is a bit much to consider. ...Read more

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Can enlarged tonsils in a child contribute or worsen cough-variant asthma or general allergies?

Can enlarged tonsils in a child contribute or worsen cough-variant asthma or general allergies?

Yes: Allergic rhinitis & enlarged tonsils may interfere with normal nasal breathing resulting in congestion (nasal stuffiness) & mouth breathing. Complications include snoring, hoarseness, bad breath, sleep apnea, sleep disturbances, malocclusion of the teeth, and other anatomic distortions of the mouth. Mouth breathing worsens asthma because of inhalation of relatively cold, dryer air into the lungs. ...Read more

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Is it true that people who suffer from chronic tonsillitis also have asymmetric tonsils ?Having asymmetric tonsils and oral hpv=tonsil cancer true?

Is it true that people who suffer from chronic tonsillitis also have  asymmetric tonsils ?Having asymmetric tonsils and oral hpv=tonsil cancer true?

Symmetric tonsils: Are an anomaly and its normal to have asymmetric tonsils. As far as developing cancer, best to have your concerns evaluated by a local doctor. ...Read more

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Wat causes enlarged adenoids &tonsils in child?Doc said tonsils grade at 2 & adenoids are very large & to see allergist.Has asthma and acid reflux

Wat causes enlarged adenoids &tonsils in child?Doc said tonsils grade at 2 & adenoids are very large & to see allergist.Has asthma and acid reflux

Drainage: Drainage and infection cause tonsil enlargement. Adenoids too. Little ones have small sinuses and tend to have constant drainage which causes tonsillar hypertrophy. ...Read more

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5yr girl diagnosed with (r) hemiplegia focal epilepsy. In people speak, not doctor speak, what is wrong with my child?

5yr girl diagnosed with (r) hemiplegia focal epilepsy. In people speak, not doctor speak, what is wrong with my child?

.: Hemiplegia - means a side of the body is paralyzed. Will after hand trunk and leg on the same side. Depending on which level of the brain is affected it may be associated with more symptoms. Focal epilepsy means that the child has seizure activity which is not affecting the full brain. A specific part of the brain is sending out the epilepsy signals and it is not affecting consciousness of child. ...Read more

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Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Can snoring in children be associated with having learning difficulties?

Snoring: Yes. Snoring in children means that they are not getting enough oxygen. This affects brain function. See an ENT to evaluate airway- tonsils, adenoids, deviated septum etc. Allergies may also play a role. ...Read more

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Does enlarged adenoids in children cause asthsma?

Does enlarged adenoids in children cause asthsma?

No: Asthma has a complex origin in genetic and environmental triggers. Kids with enlarged adenoids are often sicker than others for a number of reasons, but the presence of the enlargement does not cause asthma. ...Read more

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Enlarged Tonsils (Definition)

This is a complex question. We grade tonsil size by how large they are with respect to the tonsillar pillars. 1+ is small and in the fossa, 2+ is no larger than the fossa but to the fossas, 3 + larger than the fossa or pillars, 4+ touching each other. As we get older the tonsils should recede and get smaller. Enlarged tonsils decrease the size of ...Read more


Swollen Tonsils (Definition)

Tonsils that are larger than normal. This can be from many causes, most commonly infection, ...Read more