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3 Methods To Test If Your Child Is Habitually Mouth Breathing Written By: Dr. Ankita Shah, Jan 2021

Mouth Breathing

If you ask a patient if they are breathing through their mouth they will instinctively tell you no they are breathing through the nose. This is because we have never been made aware of our breathing pattern.

Here are 3 ways that can tell you if you or child is mouth breathing because of a habit:

1) You can use a mirror and place it below the nostrils and you will see fogging.

mirror test

2) Another way is to take a piece of paper tape and apply it to the mouth so they are forced to breathe through the nose for a minimum of 3 minutes.You can also try this with filling a little water in the mouth and holding it without gulping it down. This can tell us if mouth breathing is a habit or they can actually not breathe through their nose.

holding water in mouth
lip taping

3) Shoot a 2 min video of your child sleeping in deep sleep phase I.e 4-5 hrs after they have gone to bed.

mouth breathing

Note: These tests only tell us if you or your child is mouth breathing because of a habit. They do not test if you are a mouth breather or a nasal breather.