Kids' Breathing Retraining

The Buteyko Breathing Technique is an alternative approach and is not the practice of medicine, psychology, or a form of psychotherapy, nor is it a substitute for seeking medical or psychological advice from an appropriate professional health-care provider. We want to make the important distinction between using the Buteyko Breathing Technique for health and well-being and the practice of medicine, psychology or any other licensed health-care profession.

We work with families with children as young as 4.

While we can't provide guarantees, Phase 1 of the training is designed to help children clear their nose, close their mouth and start nasal breathing. Phase 2 teaches simple breathing exercises that can increase their respiratory strength.  

Reasons for kids to learn Healthy Breathing Habits:

  • It's easier to restore their breathing to a natural healthy pattern early, before any imbalance gets too set.
  • Possibly better sleep.  
  • Through nasal breathing and proper tongue position, nasal cavities develop and grow correctly in alignment with each other, with the right size and shape. 
  • Young children who nose-breathe will be able to place their tongue on the roof of their mouth most of the time, which will act as a natural retainer as the jaw is developing and ensure the jaw grows wide enough to accommodate all the adult teeth. . In the illustration below, see how the top jaw on the right is larger than the one on the left.

  • Enhance the success of dentistry and orthodontia.  Mouth breathers typically place their tongues in positions that push the teeth forward.  If you're paying for braces, make sure the work will hold over time by having your child adjust his or her breathing pattern at the same time

The program requires active participation by parents and daily practice.

Children tend to mirror many aspects of their parents' breathing patterns.  So if you are seeing something in your children that leads you to believe you want them to focus on their breathing, please plan to improve your breathing habits first or consecutively!

For a family consultation, please contact us.  





Our courses, workshops and consultations offer an alternative approach and are not the practice of medicine, psychology, or a form of psychotherapy, nor do we offer a substitute for seeking medical or psychological advice from an appropriate professional health-care provider. We want to make the important distinction between using the Buteyko Breathing Technique, the BreathSlim Device, relaxation strategies and healthy breathing habits for health and well-being and education, and the practice of medicine, psychology or any other licensed health-care profession.


A Milwaukee ear, nose and throat specialist discusses the negative impact of nasal obstruction and mouth breathing. Dr. Madan Kandula focuses on the impact on children and their dental and facial growth.

 

If your child looks like this at night, he or she is a good candidate to learn healthy breathing habits, which includes nasal breathing while sleeping.

 

Contact us to discuss your needs or arrange a family breathing evaluation.

 

Mouth breathing: Adverse effects on facial growth, health, academics, and behavior. Yosh Jefferson, DMD, MAGD. General Dentistry Jan/Feb 2010

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 Published Scientific Studies

Pediatric sleep-disorders and special educational need at 8 years: a population-based cohort study. Bonuck K, Rao T., Xu L. Pediatrics, 2012 Oct; 130(4): 634-42 doi: 10.1542/peds. 2012-0392. Epub 2012 Sept 3