What are paediatric respiratory conditions?
Respiratory conditions affect the respiratory system and can cause problems with breathing. The respiratory system is made up of the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs. In children the conditions may be chronic or congenital such as asthma or cystic fibrosis and require lifelong management. Babies born prematurely may have respiratory complications as the lungs are not properly developed. Other conditions are short lived and treatable such as viral or bacterial infections e.g. croup or bronchiolitis. Children are more susceptible to infection as their airways are smaller, however advances in treatment mean they are normally treatable and usually not life threatening.
What are the types of respiratory problems in children?
Types of respiratory problems can include:
- Chest Infections
- Ineffective Cough
- Reduced Exercise Tolerance
- Shortness of Breath
What are the symptoms of respiratory conditions in children?
Symptoms of respiratory conditions can include:
- Runny or blocked nose
- Shortness of breath
- Altered breathing pattern
- Stridor (high pitched squeaking noise)
How can physiotherapy help children with respiratory conditions?
In complex or chronic conditions a child may benefit from physiotherapy to assist in secretion management and maintain clear airways. Our specialist paediatric physiotherapists can provide treatment which may include:
- Positioning advice to aid drainage of secretions and improve breathing control
- Lung clearance techniques such percussion or vibrations
- Breathing exercises to reduce shortness of breath and aid removal of secretions
- Advice to children and parents regarding long term management of chronic conditions
- Advice regarding inhaler techniques
- Exercises to improve overall fitness
- Liaison with parents and carers on overall management e.g. carrying out chest physiotherapy at home, how to recognise signs of respiratory distress etc.
If you would like more information on paediatric respiratory physiotherapy from one of our experienced respiratory physiotherapists or would like to arrange an appointment with us at Physio.co.uk today, call us on 0330 088 7800. Or alternatively, make your appointments online here