How do we recognise if our child’s face is not developing normally?

Children’s faces are growing and developing quickly, by the time the child is 5 years old the face is 70% grown, by age 12 the mid-face is 100% grown. So the “window for intervening” if growth is not proceeding normally is short !

Some signs and Symptoms that may indicate your child’s facial growth is not proceeding normally:


Also we need to look at:

  • Allergies
  • Number of times the child is on Antibiotics
  • Ear Nose Throat Infections...How often they get these?
  • Does your Child Snore?
  • Does your child sleep with the Mouth Open?
  • Any signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
  • Fainting episodes
  • Energy level of child? Hyperactive or Lethargic?
  • Attention span
  • Eating pattern
  • Bed Wetting
  • Bed movement
  • Sleep terrors
  • Non-Nutritive sucking habits

The Effect Of an Open Mouth Posture on Facial growth (No treatment):

Here is a Simple little check or Measuring device:


If any of the above list has ticked a few boxes re your child ,then it is important to bring your child to a Dentist or Orthodontist who is trained to deal with the problems of Poor facial growth. He or she may be able to advice you ,on the best course of treatment appropriate for the age of the child.