Causes of Mouth Breathing in Kids
- Habitual Mouth Breathing – The kid develops this habit after a strong cold that is accompanied by allergy or nasal obstruction that caused her to breathe through the mouth at the time of illness. In such a case, even after the cold has been cured, the kid continues to breathe (out of habit) through the mouth.
- Pathological Mouth Breathing – There is an underlying cause for the pathological mouth breathing like the deviated nasal septum, enlarged adenoids, allergic rhinitis, asthma etc., which leads to the formation of a real obstruction in the nasal route. As a result of that, the child resorts to breathing through the mouth so that the body gets the required amount of oxygen.
Symptoms of Mouth Breathing in Kids
- Slower growth rate than normal
- Enlarged tonsils
- Increased episodes of crying at night
- Problems of concentrating at school
- Cracked and dry lips
- Daytime sleepiness