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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Mouth or nose breather?

08/12/2009

Question:

initially at birth, are newborns mouth or nose breather?why?

Answer:

They are obligate nasal breathers, probably due to the anatomy at birth. They develop the ability to mouth breathe over the first couple of months.

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Response by:

Charles Monroe Myer III, MD Charles Monroe Myer III, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati