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 Babies - obligate nose breathers


Babies - obligate nose breathers

In the first few months of life, babies are “obligate nose breathers” meaning that they can only breathe through their noses; the only time newborns breathe through their mouths is when they are crying. Babies have to breathe through their noses because nature designed them to use their mouths to suckle with. In fact, babies can breathe, suckle and swallow at the same time.

Infants and newborns can experience nasal congestion due to the blockage of the nasal passages as a result of build-up of mucus as well as when the nasal mucosa becomes swollen from inflamed blood vessels. Nasal congestion can range from a mild annoyance to a life-threatening condition. Breathing difficulties can often be indicated if a baby is not eating for example. It is generally recommended that that nasal mucus be frequently removed in order to facilitate good feeding, avoid infection that can spread to the sinuses, ears and general respiratory tract, as well as to reduce the child’s discomfort.

When a baby sneezes it is normal. All new born babies sneeze to clear their nose. However, repetitive sneezing suggests that their nose needs cleaning and suction. Moreover, if sneezing is associated with watery eyes, fever or thick nasal discharge, it should be seen to by a doctor. Natural sneezing is not associated with any of these symptoms.

By the time babies are three to six months of age, they are able to breathe through their mouths, but most still prefer nasal breathing. In all cases however, nasal rinsing with seawater hypertonic solutions i.e. Sinomarin®, and suction using a nasal aspirator are prophylactic and beneficial for the babies’ health.

For your baby's little nose use: Sinomarin® Babies vials of 5ml