Are Infants Really Obligatory Nasal Breathers?

@article{Bergeson2001AreIR,
  title={Are Infants Really Obligatory Nasal Breathers?},
  author={P S Bergeson and Jonathan C. L. Shaw},
  journal={Clinical Pediatrics},
  year={2001},
  volume={40},
  pages={567 - 569}
}
on its meaning, and suggest future areas of research. The nose is the preferred primary route of breathing in the infant because of its ability to humidify, warm, decontaminate, and regulate the air coming into the lungs. The upturned nose, so characteristic of the newborn, and the relatively large tongue allow the child to breathe and suck simultaneously while breastfeeding. Nasal breathing during feeding ensures swallowing without aspiration. The posterior portion of the tongue presses upward… Expand
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