How have I carried out my ‘war’ for the past nearly two years?
- Diet – a couple years back i had read Weston Price and of course was enthralled. So we switched to mostly organic foods and began giving him cod liver oil and K2 supplements.
- Hard food – in 2014 i was also reading a lot about Orthotropics and so put a lot of effort into getting him to eat hard foods like beef jerkies, steak, etc.
- Reminding him to keep his mouth closed – after watching a video of Mike Mew doing this with his own child about a year and a half ago, i’ve also been an absolute pest about this with my son. I mean an absolute pest even in public.. to the extent that other parents think i am strange (note that after what I went thru in 2014 b/c of this stuff and the fact that i wore ugly splints in my mouth for well over a year.. my ‘not giving a shit about what other people think’ factor is quite high. Probably too high actually..
- Myobrace – i’ve been using myobraces with him on and off for the past 18 months or so. And find this to be a great tool for getting him to switch from mouth to nose breathing… in particular by giving him gulps of water with it in every time he drops his mouth open.
- Myomunchie – also i’ve seen inconsistent success in this appliance which ive used on and off for nearly a year.
- Tongue positioner -i tried this appliance for a couple months back a year ago and found it to be useless, so haven’t used it since.
- Sunlight – after reading about the massive D3 sufficiency in humans and deciding to take superdoses of D3 myself, i have tried to maximize my son’s exposure to the sun. In particular when we lived in Vietnam.
- A splint that slightly raised the height of his back teeth – i was given this one at the outset of this year by my dentist and have seen some success with it. Basically it was designed to open up airway space and encourage his second molars to extrude further.
- Osteopath – ive taken him to several osteopaths to ensure everything was moving and functioning correctly… and found this to be of minimal use.
- when nose breathing my son is always calm and does not get emotional. I am talking pretty much ALWAYS. Meaning i do not remember a single exception to this rule…
- The only times he cries and acts up are when he is mouth breathing. And note that this happens on average a few times a day at least.
- If he was sleeping with his mouth open he is often quite cranky after he woke up. And if he was not, than it is always a calm morning for him. Again, i do not exaggerate when I say ALWAYS.
- He pays attention and learns much better when he is nose breathing (ie. i definitely see the connection of mouthbreathing to ADD)
- He never hits another child when he is nose breathing… but has done so many times when mouth breathing.
- When we spend time with parents of kids who are 100% nose breathers we see a blaring difference in terms of behavior. Their kids are always much calmer and less apt to emotional outbreaks.
This pattern has been so stupidly obvious to me that I do not bother wasting any more time reading the numerous books that we had originally bought on child raising/behavior and instead focus my effort on conquering this single arch enemy… mouth breathing!