Eyes wide shut: Parents in China tape kids’ mouths closed to prevent buck teeth, despite risks

Mouth tape has been promoted as a way to prevent children from “turning ugly due to parents’ negligence”. PHOTO: XIAOHONGSHU
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BEIJING – Worried that her three-year-old son would grow up with buck teeth and a big face, insurance agent Li Yijia, 29, has taped the boy’s lips every night for the past four months to make sure he sleeps with his mouth closed.

She also started sleeping next to her son to make sure that he does not suffocate in the middle of the night. Ms Li also asked her mother to monitor her son’s naps while she is at work.

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