Why do babies prefer to breathe through their nose

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Why do babies prefer to breathe through their nose Babies and Breathing – Why do babies prefer to breathe through their nose? Sometimes it is easy to assume that babies are fully functioning “mini me’s”.  This was one of the first things medical school taught us never to assume.  Each age group has different needs and functioning capabilities.  Thus there are divisions of medicine into specialties like Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. It has been long understood that babies are obligate nose breathers.  Although this terminology defines breathing strictly through the nose, it is widely written to mean that babies “prefer” to breathe in air through their noses rather than their mouths. (A corresponding article on Babies and Mouth-Breathing is also written for...

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What to do when babies cry

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What to do when babies cry What to do when babies cry? Your baby sleeps through the night after just a few weeks, gurgles happily while you run errands and fusses only when hunger strikes. The reality: Your baby's favorite playtime is after the 2 a.m. feeding. Crankiness peaks when you're out and about. You had no idea a crying baby could keep the tears flowing for so long. Sound familiar? On any given day, a newborn might cry for up to two hours — or even longer. Find out why babies cry, and what to do about it. Decoding the tears  A crying baby is...

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When do babies stop crying so much

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When do babies stop crying so much What to do when your baby cries for "no reason" Full tummy? Check. Clean diaper? Check. Fever-free? Check. So why is your baby crying? Babies have their own good reasons. But even the wisest parents can't read their babies' mind – and babies don't have the words to tell us what's wrong. If you haven't already looked at 12 reasons babies cry and how to soothe them, you may want to start there. If you still need strategies, read on. Fortunately, you can offer comfort without knowing the cause of distress.   Here are some tried and true methods: Something...

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When do babies start breathing through their mouth

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When do babies start breathing through their mouth Babies and Breathing – Children and Mouth-Breathing This article will talk about a very important topic on Babies and Breathing – Children and Mouth-Breathing.  The human nose has many important roles.  Two obvious ones, smell and taste, often goes hand in hand.  It is also the gateway to the lungs which provides oxygen to the bloodstream.  As part of the defense barrier that works in concert with your immune system, it warms the air and provides humidification and filtration before it goes into your lungs.  The nose can trap foreign particles as small as 5 microns through a series of filtrations starting from the nose hairs, nasal turbinates, all the way...

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When Baby Won’t Stop Crying

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When Baby Won’t Stop Crying When Baby Won't Stop Crying?     Little else can make a parent feel helpless more quickly than not being able to stop the piercing screams that emanate from the new center of their universe. If your baby could talk, he wouldn’t need to cry; but until he starts using words like, “No” and “Nooooooo” and “No! No!” he’ll continue communicating via whimpering and tears. Here are some things to know—and do—about when your baby won’t stop crying. What’s Making Your Baby Cry?     Your baby’s crying spells have different sounds because they mean different things. Baby might be...

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