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Open Mouthed Breathing
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
My 4 year old is very congested.. He is breathing with his mouth open. What can I give him to help clear it up?
My 30 months little boy has a caught only at night and is breathing with his mouth open how can we get rid of his caught and is puting vix everyday ok?
Accompanying stuffy: /runny nose, fever - rectal temp 100.4 or above, wheezes, labored / rapid breathing, poor food/fluid intake = a set of symptoms that need evaluation. A night cough for > 2 wks. may signal mild asthma, for which he'd need bronchodilators. Don't give OTC cough/cold medicines till age 6. Vicks is useless & some kids eat it. Use saline nose drops, a vaporizer.& lots of Pedialyte/ clear liquids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 10 yo daughter drools when she sleeps. She says that she sleeps with her mouth open but doesn't have problems breathing thru nose upright.
Snoring: you need to observe if while your child is sleeping does she have loud breathing or snoring, if she does she needs to be seen by ENT if not and she just sleeps with her mouth open not to worry ...Read more
can you have a slightly audible wheeze only when breathing with mouth open but three doctors cannot hear it with stethoscope?inhaler doesn't affect i
Question for you...: Can you hear the wheeze at the same time that the doctors cannot hear it with their stethoscopes? A wheeze can be intermittent so it is possible it is not there when the doctors are listening. If that is the case, then you wouldn't be hearing it at that time either. But, if you can hear it while the docs are listening but they cannot, then that is a different problem. Let me know the answer, ok? ...Read more
Is there an over the counter mouth device to keep my mouth open at night? Unable to sleep while nose breathing due to recent pneumonia and have clenched my jaw at night for years
See below: 1.If nasal congesion that needs to be treated. 2.If you have sleep apnea symptoms then needs to be evaluated. 3.Alteranate nostril breathing ( anulom-villome) - yoga breathing excercise may help. 4. Neti pot or sinus rinse 5. Avoid cold/ice water drinks consider room temperature liquids, as it tendens to increase nasal congesion/mucus. 6. See doc if still problem. ...Read more
No, but...: Mouth breathing isn't dangerous by itself, but it is abnormal and usually reflects a problem somewhere else in the airway. Nasal breathing is normal, and if you can't breathe through your nose then something's wrong, perhaps a deviated nasal septum or enlarged turbinates, obstructing the nasal passages. Sleep apnea is also a concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Structural: Yes. It is usually structural. It may be due to soft tissue swelling in the nose (allergy). Intranasal steroid sprays may help. It may be due to nasal problems like deviated septum or enlarge turbinates. Occasionally due to growths in the back of the nose .Best way to find out is to see an ENT doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: It's not necessarily bad, but it can be a sign of obstructed airways in the nose, obstructing tonsils or adenoids or other serious health issues. It can also lead to dry mouth, gum disease and decay. If you have issues with snoring or stopping breathing while sleeping, you may have sleep apnea that could be due to obstruction and mouth breathing would be one sign. ...Read more
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