Providing that you or your PCDer do not have a known allergy to balloons or latex blowing up balloons can teach proper techniques to the breathing maneuvers used in various tests and treatments for PCD. A lot of breathing exercises for various clinical tests and even airway clearance techniques require the patient to breathe out (expel or expiratory breath) longer than the patient breathes in (inhale or inspiratory). Blowing up balloons can be a great training game to play for a respiratory patient to get them used to the uncomfortableness of pushing their lungs beyond the their expectations. The fun part helps them to forget any anxiety or apprehension as they get lost in the moment of the fun. It is extremely important to not use ballon games if the patient has any suspected allergy to ballon materials or latex since breathing in these things would be highly dangerous even life threatening. Please discuss this out of the box Fun-Physio with your clinic respiratory therapist before trying it.
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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