Hygiene: What sleeping with the mouth open can be for a child’s health

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  • BBC News Brazil in London

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Mouth breathing is caused by nasal obstruction due to rhinitis or swelling of structures such as adenoids and tonsils

According to studies published in recent years, more than half of children sleep with their mouths open.

Frequently, this habit does not draw the attention or sound the alarm to parents and guardians.

But doctors consulted by BBC News Brazil point out that sleeping with your mouth open – linked to allergies, rhinitis or the growth of structures blocking the nose – can be very harmful to your health.

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