Healthy Breathing Habits for Children
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 will work with families with children as young as 4 using the principles of the Buteyko Breathing Technique.
While we can't provide guarantees, the training gives children the opportunity to learn to clear their nose and start breathing through it rather than their mouth, then learn simple breathing exercises that can increase their respiratory strength. These are similar exercises taught to music students and athletes.
Reasons for kids to learn Healthy Breathing Habits based on Buteyko Breathing
- Exercises to physically restore their breathing to a natural healthy pattern while it's easy to do, before any imbalance gets too set.
- Possibly better sleep.
- 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.
- 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 keep it wide. In the illustration below, see how the top jaw on the right is larger than the one on the left.
- Through nasal breathing and proper tongue position, nasal cavities develop and grow correctly in alignment with each other, with the right size and shape. Monitoring of tongue position, and mouth and jaw development, is done by licensed dental professionals who have additional training in orofacial myology.
The material for the family to learn is very similar to the adult course.
We explore different imagery with children, mostly from the animal kingdom, to help quiet their breathing. And part of the kids' exercise routine is active, wheras adults typically sit or stand the whole time.
We play a lot of fun games with the children to bring the principles to life.
We can teach the children's course privately or in a group. 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!
To arrange a kids' course or a family course, please contact us. We haven't scheduled a public group children's course for a while. Between adult work and kids' extracurricular schedules, we've found it hard to find consensus on what's a good time. Let us know what you think!
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.
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