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The short answer is : the epiglottis is a movable flap of tissue attached behind/under the tongue which blocks the entrance to the trachea. There is also a sound box called Larynx which sends out vibrations when we talk and due to this vibrations the flap opens and sometimes food goes inside and we start coughing. If you talk while eating, and you happen to be a toddler, your Mum will tell you off. If you talk while eating, and you are older than that, people may think you are a bit of a pig.....

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What covers the windpipe while you are eating so that food does not go down the windpipe?

Epiglottis...


What is the function for the epiglottis?

The epiglottis is a flap in the back of your throat that covers your trachea when you swallow, so as to protect your lungs from food particles and liquids. Fun fact: infants have the ability to keep their epiglottis open while eating, and therefore breathe and swallow at the same time.


Why glottis is guarded by epiglottis?

Your glottis is more commonly referred to as your vocal cords, or larynx. The epiglottis is a flap that covers your larynx so that food/drink doesn't go through the respiratory system while eating.


The flap of tissue that closes when you swallow to protect you from choking?

It is called the Epiglottis. If you talk while eating, your epiglottis and your esophagus are open, so instead of going down the esophagus, it goes down the epiglottis. Have you ever heard someone say 'It went down the wrong tube' when you choke? This is what they mean.


What do you think might happen if your epiglottis didn't work fast enough while you were swallowing?

choke a little but I'm sure you would be fine


Why glottis is covered by epiglottis?

Your glottis is more commonly referred to as your vocal cords, or larynx. The epiglottis is a flap that covers your larynx so that food/drink doesn't go through the respiratory system while eating.- Ram Kishore. M (studying 10th )


What is the flap that closes when humans swallow to block off the trachea?

The epiglottis is the flap of cartilage that closes as you swallow preventing food from entering the trachea ("wind pipe"). After the food passes into your esophagus the epiglottis opens again. When you talk or laugh while eating the epiglottis may stay open letting some food in and causing you to cough or choke.


How do you stop food from getting in trachea?

The epiglottis is a tiny flap that switches between protecting the trachea and protecting the esophagus. While eating, the epiglottis blocks the trachea, so we don't swallow food where we breath. That's why parents tell their kids not to talk with their mouth full; it's sending mixed messages to the epiglottis, and food may be able to slip into the trachea.


What makes you hiccup?

Hiccups happen when the breathing center activates the diaphragm to inhale air, while the epiglottis at this point gets the wrong signal and closes the windpipe/trachea


Causes of coughing while eating in elderly?

If you mean choking/suffocation so the reason is simple. In order for the food we eat to go to the trachea instead to the esophagus, there is a cartilage tissue called the epiglottis. Its job is to block the trachea while swallowing. That is the reason we don't breath in the same time we actually swallow. When the epiglottis fails doing its job and the trachea remains open while swallowing, substances can enter the trachea (and they are definitely not welcomed there) and block it which eventually leads to the coughing you mentioned. It can happens basically if we eat very fast, or talk while eating.


What protection do you have against food going down the wrong pipe?

The epiglottis is a flap that acts like a "door" and seals off your airway while you are swallowing food, and then opens to allow you to breathe when you are not swallowing food. When you are eating, make sure that you do not talk, as this interferes with the function of the epiglottis and can cause food to enter your airway.


Do you breath when you swallow?

No you do not. Because the Trachea is blocked by the Epiglottis while swallowing.


What is indegestion and what is it usually caused by?

Indigestion is pain and discomfort in the abdomen. It is caused by eating certain foods that your body does not agree with. It can happen while you are eating or shortly after you stop eating.


Why not talk while eating food?

When you talk with food in your mouth, it means you don't have manners.Edit: Also, bits of food can fly out.The short answer is : the epiglottis is a movable flap of tissue attached behind/under the tongue which blocks the entrance to the trachea (windpipe) when food is swallowed, thus protecting the lungs by forcing the food to pass over the trachea and instead go down the esophagus (food- & drink-pipe) into the stomach. If you talk while eating, and you happen to be a toddler, your Mum will tell you off. If you talk while eating, and you are older than that, people may think you are a bit of a pig.......


What would happen if you lost your balance while you were eating?

If you are serious about this, move the question to biology/human physiology.


What happen if you talk or laugh while eating?

the food will not go to the stomach aqnd it might leeds to death


What stops the food from getting into the windpipe?

epiglottis, as it blocks the path of wind pipe while swallowing food.


What will happen if you keep eating food while im really full?

You are sick, or you gain weight. So yeah, wouldn't advise it...


Will not eating while pregnant kill the baby?

eventually and yourself too. I mean you would have to not eat for months for that to happen. eventually and yourself too. I mean you would have to not eat for months for that to happen.


Why should you not talk while eating?

The epiglottis is a movable flap of tissue attached behind/under the tongue which blocks the entrance to the trachea (windpipe) when food is swallowed, thus protecting the lungs by forcing the food to pass over the trachea and instead go down the esophagus into the stomach. On another hand, talking while eating is not the most attractive habit. No one wants to see chewed-up food!


How do you do that someone love you or not?

Change of their behave while they are with there like person


Flap that covers the trachea?

it is a thin cartligenous flap called epiglottis which prevents bolus from entering the trachea while swallowing


What prevents the entry of food into trachea while swallowing?

The thin muscular flap that keeps food from entering the trachea is the Epiglottis.


Is it harmful to tickle someone while he or she is eating?

Biologically speaking, it won't hurt someone to tickle them while eating. However, there is a risk of choking if you tickle someone while they're eating.


How do you whistle while eating crackers?

The question is why would you want to whistle while eating crackers? lol.