Is it true that babies can breathe and swallow at the same time?

User
June 7, 2018

One of my friends told me that infants can breathe and swallow at the same time, that's how they get so many bubbles in their tummy when you're feeding them. That seems so cool though! How old are they when they outgrow this?

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Debra in Monroe, GA
June 7, 2018

I know when a human swallows the epiglottis closes so not to get air inside the esophagus. So I would think no, they dont breathe at the same time they are swallowing, but also it is something they have to "learn" so to speak so they are not inhaing food.

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Jessica in Tracy, CA
June 7, 2018

No, never. I'm a nurse and I've taught Human Anatomy. At no age can the airway be open at the same time when the swallowing mechanism is happening.

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Its not true in the way it sounds. Babies are obligate nose breathers, and they have a high respiratory rate, so there really isn't much time to breathe when swallowing. But breathing through their nose and swallowing though their mouths, sometimes it seems that way.

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User in Newburgh, IN
April 20, 2015

They don't breathe and swallow at the same time. They just swallow air. Whether it is from nursing, from a bottle, eating, etc... They do not know how to not swallow air along with whatever is in their mouth at the time. It is a natural reflex.

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