Buteyko for Children
Children who mouth-breathe are more prone to enlarged adenoids/tonsils, glue ear, respiratory infections, asthma, allergies and chronic cough. These children are also more likely to suffer from night-time enuresis (bed-wetting). If this habit is not corrected, it can lead to crooked teeth, receding chin, protruding nose, narrow airway and a high risk of developing obstructive sleep apnoea, respiratory disorders and cardiovascular risk as adults.
These children do not sleep well at night due to obstructed airways; this lack of sleep can adversely affect their growth and academic performance. Many of these children are misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity.
The Buteyko Breathing method teaches children simple, easy-to-learn breathing exercises that are practised daily for 4-6 weeks. The programme helps restore a natural breathing pattern and correct nasal breathing habits. Improvement usually occurs within a few days. By the end of the course, most children are breathing easily and can put their bed-wetting days behind them.
Even very young children can learn the Buteyko Method. It will help your child to reduce their drug dependency and asthma attacks. It will help you, the parents, to recognise the signs and know what to do when you notice them.
This a a typical Buteyko Breathing exercise to help clear a blocked nose:
- Sit in a chair
- After a normal exhalation, close the mouth if it is open.
- Before inhaling again, pinch the nostrils closed with the fingers of one hand and gently nod the head until you get an urge to breathe.
- Keep the mouth closed, and remove the hand from the nose.
- Breathe softly and gently through the nose
If the nose is not clear enough to easily breathe through, then repeat up to four times.