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Question: mouth breathing 2 1/2 year old

 kagan - Fri Dec 23, 2005 3:36 am

Hello, I have been noticing lately that my 2 1/2 year old boy is mouth breathing all the time(day and night) I do not notice any sleep disturbances like you hear about with sleep apnea and he seems comfortable. We moved to a new country 3 months ago and he has been having quite a few colds since we arrived, and just got over one a couple of days ago. I don't remember him breathing like this so much before we came but it is possible he was.

I asked him to close his mouth(as a game) for about 20 seconds, and he was able to breathe through his nose, it doesnt sound stuffed up, but it doesnt sound 100% clear either.

What could this be, is it something to be concerned about? I remember hearing things about life long mouth breathers and the other complications that can develop but im not sure this is the same thing.
thank you so much for any input anyone may have!
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Fri Dec 23, 2005 8:37 am

Hello Kagan,
I am thinking of sinusitis or elarged adenoids as possible causes for the mouth breathing.
Please have an ENT specialist check him out.

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