Sharjah: Parents should monitor their children’s breathing during sleep to look for signs of cardiac brain disorders that might prevent the child from nasal breathing, a specialist from University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) revealed.
Dr Ziad Kurd Ali, otolaryngologist at UHS, told Gulf News that parents should look out for the following signs: “If the child has been breathing from his mouth for more than two weeks, snoring, suffering from protrusion of the lower jaw or nasal discharge, parents must take him/her to an ear, nose, throat [ENT] doctor.”
Consultants from the hospital said that difficulty in breathing may be caused by many factors such as displacement of the nasal septum or deviation of the nasal septum into one of the cavities (nasal septum deviation).
It is most frequently caused by impact trauma such as a blow to the face, a disorder caused by compression of the nose during childbirth, or by genetic connective tissue disorders.
Physicians at the hospital said that attention deficit disorder is one of the most commonly associated symptoms of nasal septum deviation.
Dr Kurd Ali said that in some cases, a surgical intervention to correct the nasal septum deviation is very important for a normal life.
Dr Kurd Ali added: “Septoplasty is not necessary when the nasal septum deviation is mild. This can be determined by visiting an otolaryngologist periodically for a regular check-up. When the nasal septum deviation is severe, septoplasty is performed without external incisions. Patients recover and are able to resume their normal life activities within 48 hours.”
© Gulf NewsOct 2013