Turn treatment-time into play-time with an outdoor game of Red Rover. Have two teams line up facing each other, forming a chain by holding hands. Flip a coin. Heads goes first (team one). Team one decides who from the other team they want to call over, and shouts, “red rover, red rover, send (name) on over!” The chosen player then runs toward the other team, trying to break through the clasped hands of two teammates. If they don’t, they have to join that team. But if they do, they get to bring back with them one of the two people from the broken link!
Outdoor games help to encourage uncoordinated exercise which varies the airflow through a PCD patient’s airways to mobilize secretions. If you’re struggling to get your child engaged with their airway clearance techniques try turning airway clearance into play, it could help lessen the burden of persuading your child to do their treatments. If you’re an adult, remember that the best airway clearance technique for you is the one that you will actually do. There are tons of airway clearance techniques and tons of outside the box ideas as well. Experiment today and put the fun back into your life. Remember airway hygiene is an important part of primary ciliary dyskinesia care.
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