A neonate while suckling milk can respire without dif- ficulty due to: (AIIMS May 2009)
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Infant's larynx is positioned high in the neck level of glottis being opposticto C3 or C4 at rest and reaches C1 or C2 during swal¬lowing. This high position allows the epiglottis to meet soft palate and make anasopharyngeal channel for nasal breathing during suckling. The milk feed passes separately over the dorsum of tongue and the side of epiglottis, thus allowing breathing and feeding to go on simulataneously.