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Can a baby breathe through its mouth?

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2008-09-28 00:34:32

During the first 4 to 6 months of life, the infant is an

obligate nose breather. In simplistic form, the airway from the

nose to the larynx is wide open. It does not take much skill to

breathe this way. As the tongue starts falling back into the mouth,

and the epiglottis starts to descend, breathing becomes more

complex because of the space created between the soft palate and


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