Q) Can a nose that is too narrow cause difficulty in breathing? My 6-year-old daughter has trouble breathing through her nose when she is breathing heavily.
A) It is very important for a surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty to also have knowledge of the anatomy and the different things that can affect the child. Quite often in the pediatric age group it is important to consider the tissues at the back of the nose called adenoid. This tissue can obstruct the nose and can cause nasal obstruction. Also in this age group, it is important to examine the mouth to make sure the tonsils are not large. These may cause snoring or in some cases sleep apnea. The other area to examine is the nasal mucosa. Any allergies can also cause swelling of the nasal mucosa which can lead to some obstruction of the child’s nose.