Today, we fit in some extra physio for Eli’s cystic fibrosis by attempting to get him to blow bubbles. He sort of got it. He dipped the wand in the bubbles, waved it around and them blew in the air.
We’ll try again. Bubbles or no bubbles, he sure was cute.
Here is an explanation from Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK on why this type of activity helps tots with CF. visit this –link– for more. The hand-out had some games I had never thought of before.
Why must my child do these ‘breathing games’?
The two aims of the ‘breathing games’ are to encourage your child to take bigger, deeper breaths and to learn how to breathe out in different ways. This will help to move and clear secretions from their lungs and increase ventilation.
Eventually, your child will learn how to huff and cough and learn the difference between shallow, deep, fast and slow breaths. This awareness of their breathing will help them to perform more formal breathing techniques to clear their lungs, which are taught by the physiotherapist when they are old enough to understand.
Oh who cares. He’s so cuuuuuuute!