Materials: This post teaches the following breathing techniques.
- Have the child put their hand on their stomach and feel the rise and fall while they breathe.
- Have them inhale for 4 seconds, trying to fill their “belly balloon” with air, hold the breath for 2 seconds and then exhale.
- Teach them to breathe slowly in through their nose, out through their mouth. The best way to teach this method is to have them make eye contact with the parent and do it at the same time as the parent while giving them the verbal cues of “in through your nose” and “out through your mouth”.
- Slowing blowing bubbles is also suggested.