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My infant baby opens her mouth while sleeping, what is wrong?

My infant baby opens her mouth while sleeping, what is wrong?

Maybe nothing: She may be congested. It may be nothing. Can she eat fine? Breathe through her nose when eating? If worried, then video her while sleeping and show it to your pediatrician to be reassured. ...Read more

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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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When a child breathes through mouth most nights, while sleeping, is it bad for him?

When a child breathes through mouth most nights, while sleeping, is it bad for him?

Nasal congestion: His adenoids are enlarged and he may have nasal discharge. You might be surprised to know that this does respond to appropriate diet. The usual and customary approach is adenoidectomy. Try stopping all the"junk" and milk. Milk was designed for cows and it is a common source of problems in kids. ...Read more

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Why do I bite my tongue while sleeping?

Why do I bite my tongue while sleeping?

See sleep specialist: You are biting your tongue while sleeping because you might be having sleep disorders. You might also be experiencing nocturnal seizures, rhythmic movement disorder of sleep and bruxism (clenching). Rec.: seek medical attention with orofacial pain or sleep specialist. ...Read more

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Why i accidentally bite my tongue while sleeping?

Why i accidentally bite my tongue while sleeping?

You Said It Yourself: You said it yourself...."accidentally." who knows why any accident occurs. However, if your tongue biting is a regular occurrence (not accidental, but habitual), then you should see your dentist. This is an indication of a night-time habit which dentists call "parafunction." you can usually get help for this kind of situation quite easily. So, pay attention, and see if it happens again. ...Read more

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I tend to bite my tongue while sleeping. What can I do about this?

I tend to bite my tongue while sleeping. What can I do about this?

Tongue: Many possibilities. Your jaw joints may not be in the right place (dislocated), or your body is trying to get more airway space during sleep, or you may have some psychological issues leading to a certain habit, or neurological disorder--purely from medical issues or drug use--legal or not. I would see a dentist/surgeon who is trained to run a diagnostic work-up, ; see an md to get referrals. ...Read more

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I bite my tongue during sleep it is so painful I can't even let go,it takes about 30min to ease off the grip,pain never wakes me though. Phycological?

I bite my tongue during sleep it is so painful I can't even let go,it takes about 30min to ease off the grip,pain never wakes me though. Phycological?

It's hard to blame: a psychological problem during sleep unless you are very tense & anxious most of the time. You should see a dental or ENT professional. Tooth grinding, spasm of the tempo-mandibular joint muscles or other disorders may be causing this. The treatment may be out there & I encourage you to seek it. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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I am going to be getting a sharp pain on my tongue while sleeping. Mostly in the morning. Please help me out?

I am going to be getting a sharp pain on my tongue while sleeping. Mostly in the morning. Please help me out?

Could be..: It could be a number of different things including a nerve disorder or a tumor. I would suggest seeing an oral surgeon or ENT physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Seems like I bit the side of tongue while sleeping.Pretty red little swollen.What to do and avoid to make it heal better?

Seems like I bit the side of tongue  while sleeping.Pretty red little swollen.What to do and avoid to make it heal better?

Perhaps not much: I would advise to be careful and be aware of any worsening symptoms. If there is a small sore/opening of the tongue, you may gargle and spit a diluted hydrogen peroxide solution (1 part hydrogen peroxide, 10 parts water) to east the pain. Good luck and happy healing. ...Read more

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How do I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

How do I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

During sleep: See a physician about the twitching and a dentist to see if there are any dental findings that would contribute to this occurrence. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

How can I stop myself from twitching and biting tongue during sleep?

Nightguard: You should see your dentist and be evaluated for a night guard/need of orthodontic referral. Let us know what they say. ...Read more

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Bit tongue while sleeping. Was red and then slowly turned kinda white and now off yellow. Third day since bite. Right near teeth. Any concerns?

Bit tongue while sleeping. Was red and then slowly turned kinda white and now off yellow. Third day since bite. Right near teeth. Any concerns?

Quite common: In most cases, a tongue bite cures within a week or two on its own. The tongue biting during sleep has been reported as a common symptom in association with night bruxism. The custom night guard can be designed and fabricated by your dentist to prevent jaw closings during sleep, therefore preventing tongue injury. ...Read more

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I bite my tongue in my sleep. I've tried a mouth guard, but I spit it out during sleep. Any suggestions on prevention?

I bite my tongue in my sleep. I've tried a mouth guard, but I spit it out during sleep. Any suggestions on prevention?

Mouth guard?: Do you mean a custom made occlusal orthotic, commonly called a night guard, or an over-the-counter drug store item, or a sports mouth guard. Your grinding, clenching, tongue biting may be due to an airway problem or a malocclusion. Please see an Orthodontist to evaluate your occlusion AND your general dentist who may refer you onward. This isn't a DIY project. ...Read more

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How do you help babies stay on their back while sleeping?

How do you help babies stay on their back while sleeping?

Back to sleep: The back to sleep campaign is designed to make sure you always put your baby to sleep on their back, which significantly decreases the risk of sids. However, by the time your baby can roll over (around 4 months) the risk of crib death is much decreased. Still put your baby to sleep on their back but you don't need to lose sleep worrying if they roll over. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

Is it normal for babies to have ankle clonus during sleep?

Yes: Babies have ankle clonus as a normal finding both asleep or awake until they are about a year of age. It is a reflection of the immaturity of their nervous system and not a sign of damage as it would be for an older kid or adult. ...Read more

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Do babies usually have ankle clonus while sleeping?

Do babies usually have ankle clonus while sleeping?

Yes: Ankle clonus is considered normal in infants up to a year or more asleep or awake. It is a primitive reflex that will subside when the child's nerves mature enough to support standing and walking. ...Read more

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What would cause you to bleed from your mouth while sleeping?

What would cause you to bleed from your mouth while sleeping?

Rightdx.com see ENT: Bleeding diathesis carcinoma, squamous cell of head and neck - bleeding from the mouth crown placement dental caries dental cleaning dentures hantavirosis - bleeding from the mouth hemophilia idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura leukemia pancytopenia periodontal disease plaque post tonsillectomy bleeding root canal stomatitis thrombocytopenia tonsillar abscess tooth extraction. ...Read more

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Why does my infant grunt while sleeping and now eating?

Why does my infant grunt while sleeping and now eating?

Grunting: Grunting if true, is a sign of respiratory distress in infants. By grunting, infants are applying brakes to their exhalation so that the lungs do not completely empty their air. Grunting helps to maintain a positive pressure in the lungs and hence keep the lungs inflated. It is usually seen with pneumonia, excessive fluids in the lungs and other conditions when the lungs become stiff. ...Read more

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Is it normal to breathe from the mouth while sleeping?

Is it normal to breathe from the mouth while sleeping?

Get checked: Get checked. Typically if there some sort of blockage it will cause a person to become a mouth breather. Rule out respiratory and sinus issues that might be causing the problem ...Read more

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What suggestions can you give to keep mouth closed while sleeping?

What suggestions can you give to keep mouth closed while sleeping?

Might be positional: Sleeping on your back can maintain open mouth, but on your side or stomach less gravity effect (and perhaps less snoring!) there are dental splints which might make a huge impact, and some dentists speicialize in area. ...Read more

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My infant 9 m old head most of the time sweats while sleeping in night.is it normal?what r the possible reasons

My infant 9 m old head most of the time sweats while sleeping in night.is it normal?what r the possible reasons

Sweaty infant: Many babies are over bundled due to fear of the child getting cold. This can cause overheating and increase the risk of SIDS. Your infant should wear the same amount of clothes as you. Monitor baby carefully for blue and cold fingers and toes. Don't use too many blankets. Here's a good hand-out: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2010/nichd-02.htm (If that doesn't solve it, see your pediatrician). ...Read more

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My question is what causes dry mouth while sleeping?

My question is what causes dry mouth while sleeping?

Mouth breather: Usually waking with a dry mouth is caused from breathing through the mouth or sleeping with your mouth open. However, some medications can cause dry mouth, if you don't think you are a mouth breather. Is there a medication you take at night before bed? If so, talk with your pharmacist about whether dry mouth is a side affect. ...Read more

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Why am i bleeding from mouth during sleep?

Why am i bleeding from mouth during sleep?

Evaluate: In the morning, look inside your mouth to see if you have bitten your cheek, lip or tongue. Also, you may possibly have gum disease and have bleeding gums. If you haven't seen your dentist recently, make an appointment for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop mouth breathing during sleep?

What can I do to stop mouth breathing during sleep?

See your doctor: You may want to be evaluated by an ent, dentist or oral surgeon to determine why you are a mouth breather. Do you have any nasal obstruction? Is your tongue really enlarged? Do you have sleep apnea? ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i avoid breathing through mouth while sleeping?

See below: A deviated septum, allergic rhinitis, sleep apnea, among other conditions may cause you to prefer to mouth breathe. It is recommended that you consult an ENT and/or a sleep medicine specialist, so they can properly evaluate you. Based on what the underlying cause is, a treatment plan can be made. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

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