I'm hoping to have children and if we are blessed with children I want to do as much as I can reasonably do to prevent the development of Sleep Apnea. I have heard that proper palatal development to make sure the airway reaches its ideal size is key. Is this correct? Also, is anything else important besides the ever-important body weight?
I believe that part of the problem with proper airway and jaw development lies in all the easy-to-eat and processed food we all have been eating and one preventive measure might be to give kids more to gnaw on. We are so concerned making sure dogs get bones to teeth on - maybe we should throw our kids some bones (literally and figuratively) to help promote their jaw development? Am I crazy?
You're not crazy. It's a great thought.
I'm no expert and I really don't know the answer to your question. Hopefully one of our Professional members in the field of dentistry or anything related to oral development will weigh in.
You are certainly not crazy, Dave. To give children the very best start, I would advocate breast feeding. For the best support and advice on breast feeding and good nutrition, I would recommend La Leche League. It was founded by breast feeding mums to help other mums.Their support groups are excellent -very friendly and welcoming. Worth seeking out and attending even before baby is born. They have helped many mums over the years breast feed successfully.
Lisa took the words out of my computer! Breastfeeding helps in many ways known, unknown, and becoming known. Very likely the suckling action makes a difference in palate formation -- maybe a huge difference.
Also, breastfeeding is better for baby (helps him or her in the development of immunities and delivers tailor-made nutrition to name two), better for mom (the suckling action aids in the involution of the uterus after childbirth, for example), and is a great enhancement of the bond between mother and child.
I hope you will be blessed with many children!