Breathing Exercise: Pursed Lip Breathing

Sometimes when your child with asthma is playing hard they probably get out of breath. And when they are having an asthma attack, your child might get scared or nervous. Being short of breath can feel scary. It helps if you and your child know what to do.

These are good times to use breathing exercises to help your child relax.

Here’s how to get started:

1.)    Sit down and rest. Have your child sit down in a chair, if one is near.    Have them lean on the chair back or forward with their elbows on their knees—whichever feels best to them. If a chair isn’t available, have your child sit on the ground or floor.

2.)    Breathe in slowly through your nose. As your child breathes in, count 1, 2, 3…..counting will help you and your child to remember to breathe out twice as long as they breathe in.

3.)    Purse your lips as if you were going to whistle. Have your child breathe out gently through pursed lips. Keep counting to yourself 1, 2, 3, 4, 5….as your child breathes out (have them breathe out twice as slowly as they breathed in). The air should escape naturally – your child should not force the air out of their lungs

4.)    Keep doing pursed lip breathing until you’re no longer short of breath. It may take a few minutes for your child to feel the effects of pursed lip breathing.

REMEMBER: Get help if your child is having trouble breathing!


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