I just came across an excellent article on children and mouth breathing by Janet Carlson and thought it well worth sharing www.twitter.com/JanetRCarlson

When you can see or hear your child breathing, there is certainly a problem.

Seeing or hearing what should be silent and invisible is a clue to obstructed airways — which are often associated with snoring,asthma and sleep apnoea, and increasingly, in children,sleep-deprivation and even ADHD and ADD – all of which can stem from mouth-breathing, which he says is also associated with degenerative inflammatory diseases later in life.

There is a proven link between mouth-breathers and attentional issues: A goodly percentage of children diagnosed with ADHD and ADD display the symptoms because they’re suffering from sleep-deprivation, and often, that’s due to mouth-breathing because of obstructed airways that can be caused by a variety of things including: allergies, a high, narrow palate, a deviated septum that constricts the nasal area, enlarged turbinates (those are the gizmos in the nose that clean and humidify air on the inhale) or even diet. Nasal breathing is healthiest and most efficient; mouth-breathing is a last resort.

Certainly, not all children with attentional issues are mouth-breathers, and not all mouth-breathers have attentional issues, “Sleep deprivation impacts 25-40 percent of children. And two-thirds of ADHD kids have disordered breathing during sleep.”

Sleep-deprivation may manifest as sleepiness and sluggishness, in children, it shows up as hyperactivity, impulsivity and lack of focus. Anxiety and depression can also result. Clear up the airway issue and in some children, the attentional issue is improved or resolved.

Many researchers have also shown how mouth-breathing leads to a long face, receded jaw and future headache issues.

What can be done to address this important problem?

Help is at hand in the form of breath retraining and this plays a key role in improving children’s breathing patterns and teaching them how to breathe efficiently through their nose.

For more advice please contact us at hello@naturalbreathingtraining.com