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My7-year-old son has trouble breathing through his nose when he is breathing heavily

Question:

My7-year-old son has trouble breathing through his nose when he is breathing heavily. He has a very narrow nose. Is it possible that a nose that is too narrow cause difficulty in breathing? Could a nose job alleviate the breathing problems?

Answer:

It is possible that a nose-job or Rhinoplasty can alleviate breathing problems; however, a seven year-old is a little young to have this procedure. Typically my recommendation as far as what is age-appropriate is somewhere between the ages of 14-16 or when young adults stop changing shoe size. This is the question I typically ask the parents and once the teenager has stopped growing, it is appropriate to consider Rhinoplasty.

Posted by Dr. Williams

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