Does a soother harm your baby? How to ensure your child’s proper jaw development

by BabyYumYum
Does a soother harm your baby? How to ensure your child’s proper jaw development
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When your child is born, their skull is not completely formed. The bones that make up the skull and the jaw are soft in places, and can move around. It will take months before these bones become more solid and fuse together, and during this time there are many factors that can affect the correct development of the skull, jaws and teeth.

Some developmental factors are hard to control, like genetics, but only 20% of developmental defects are inborn, many others can be prevented if you know what to look out for. Below is a breakdown of the key factors that can influence the development of your child’s jaws, teeth and palate.

Understanding breathing & tongue posture

Notice how your baby breathes, especially during sleep. Normally, babies will breathe through their nose – this is one of the signs that the jaw and palate are developing in a healthy way.