Posted on: 28 December 2017
The human body was designed to take in air through the nose. Unfortunately, many young children develop a habit of breathing through their mouth. Unless this habit is addressed at an early age, it can affect a child's physical and mental development.
Studies have found that over fifty percent of children breathe through their mouths. If you have noticed that your child has a habit of breathing through their mouth, both while awake and asleep, you need to be aware of the risks.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Children that breathe through their mouths often exhibit the symptoms that are associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They have less energy, struggle to concentrate and may also find it difficult to retain information. As a result, they may not perform to their potential at school.
Breathing through the nose also helps to reduce stress and anxiety.
Long Face Syndrome
Mouth breathing can also drastically alter the way a child's face develops. Because the bones of children are still developing, the way they grow can be influenced by a child's habits. Mouth breathing elongates the face, narrowing the jaw, pulling the chin back and constricting the airways. This is known as "long face syndrome".
Not only does this negatively affect a child's appearance, but it also makes it more difficult for them to breathe.
Since mouth breathing changes the way the facial structure develops, it can also lead to sleep apnea. Because the mouth breather struggles to breathe comfortably through their nose, they develop a habit of breathing through their mouth while asleep. Mouth breathing while sleeping often leads to a condition known as sleep apnea.
Sufferers of sleep apnea are unable to take in sufficient air whilst asleep. As a result, they may frequently stop breathing, snore and even wake up during sleep. This can leave them feeling tired and irritable throughout the day.
Myobraces Prevent These Side Effects
One of the primary functions of myobraces is to train the wearer to breathe through their nose. This is achieved by wearing the myobrace for just 1-2 hours per day. By combining myobrace wear with functional therapy which involves practicing various exercises that target poor oral habits, children can be taught to breathe through their noses.
Myobrace also straightens teeth and ensures the lower jaw is correctly aligned. If your child has a bad habit of breathing through their mouth, myobraces can help to change that habit. If your child also suffers from a sinus allergy that prevents them from breathing through their nose, be sure to address that issue as well.Share