Child physiotherapy and respiratory physiotherapy
Respiratory physiotherapy is the specialty of physiotherapy that cares for patients with respiratory processes and diseases, from the treatment, prevention and stabilization of different diseases of the respiratory system.
It is very frequent that babies and children suffer some respiratory process or disease, especially the first years of life. This is due to different factors such as prematurity, the drop in temperatures, the child’s immune status, contact with other children in the nursery school, the school, common leisure space, …
It is common for children to have snot in autumn and winter, but although the incidence is low, they also appear in spring and summer. When the baby or child has difficulty managing the secretions, or they are produced in excess, it increases the respiratory difficulty and the risk of superinfection of the secretions, and there may also appear difficulties in feeding and sleeping.
The objective of pediatric respiratory physiotherapy is to improve ventilation, promote the mobilization and elimination of secretions, prevent relapses and improve the comfort of the baby or child so that they can breathe, rest and feed properly, and consequently be able to carry out all the activities of his day to day, including play and physical activity.
In addition to respiratory physiotherapy techniques, a key pillar in the treatment of respiratory conditions is health education that the physiotherapist offers to families, with tips and recommendations to keep in mind at home.
All this care is given within the framework of multidisciplinary care shared with other professionals who care for the baby or child.
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