The usual way for your newborn baby to breathe is through their nose. This is unless their nasal passage has some blockage, which can lead to mouth breathing. Young babies don’t develop the reflex to breathe through their mouths until they are 3 or 4 months old.
Can a baby suffocate from a stuffy nose?
A baby’s nose, unlike an adult’s, doesn’t have cartilage. So when that nose is pressed against an object, like a stuffed animal, couch cushions or even a parent’s arm while sleeping in bed, it can flatten easily. With the opening to its nostrils blocked, the baby can’t breathe and suffocates.
Is it OK for baby to sleep with mouth open?
Breathing with the mouth open, even cracked, is not a normal, biological, or healthy way to breathe while sleeping. Healthy newborn babies will automatically breathe out of their noses. So, when a baby sleeps with their mouth open, there’s a good chance their nose is blocked.
Does congestion increase risk SIDS?
Pulmonary congestion is present in 89% of SIDS cases (p < 0.001 compared with non-SIDS deaths), and pulmonary edema in 63% (p < 0.01).
What do I do if my 5 month old is congested?
Place a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in your baby’s room to add moisture to the air. It helps clear their stuffy nose. Clean the machine regularly so mold doesn’t grow inside it. You can get the same soothing effect if you and your baby sit in a steamy bathroom.
At what age do babies start breathing through their mouth?
Young babies don’t develop the reflex to breathe through their mouths until they are 3 or 4 months old. Studies show that mouth breathing while the baby sleeps may be due to some blockage in the upper airway, including the throat and nose.
When should I worry about my baby’s congestion?
If your child’s stuffiness is accompanied by a fever, ear pain, a sore throat and/or swollen glands, or you suspect there is a foreign object stuck in her nose, call your pediatrician right away.