Bronchiolitis is a common epidemic infection of the lower respiratory tract that affects babies or children under 2 years old. It is caused by a virus, the tiny airways become inflamed, they swell and fill with mucus, which can make breathing difficult.

Most cases, the symptoms disappear after 2 or 3 weeks

How can I help?

The chest physiotherapy is useful when the inflammation is reducing because the lung is full of mucus which make breathing difficult. I use gentle chest massage to evacuate the mucus off the airways. It is a completely painless technique because the baby’s chest is very soft at this age.

Asthma  is a long-term lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.  It affects people of all ages but it most often starts during childhood.

The causes are unknown but some factors as the pollution, eczema, food allergy or family history of asthma have been suggested as possible causes.

Asthma has no cure. Even when you feel fine, you still have the disease and it can flare up at any time.

How can I help you?

In order to manage your asthma, I will teach you :

Breathing Techniques to stabilise your respiratory rate and increase your expiratory airflow.

• Physical training may be suggested to reduce symptoms such as breathlessness and improve your quality of life

• Respiratory muscles training leads to diaphragmatic breathing becoming easier, reducing hyperinflation

Removal of secretions if you suffer from chest congestion

• Advices about the management of Asthma attack, how to prevent chest infection from occurring, on use of a bronchodilatator

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition. It provokes a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs and digestive system causing a wide range of symptoms such as chronic chest infection and difficulty putting on weight because of digestive disorders.

How can I help your child?

The objective of the sessions is to help as much as possible the lung function and physical capacity.

The treatment will be adapted to your needs, personality and lifestyle.

A time-efficient treatment will consist of a combination of:

• Education of inhalation therapy

• Airways clearance therapy to prevent clogging of peripheral airways and consequent micro-atelectasis (when the lung tissue is collapsed)

• Physical education and exercise programme to improve breathing pattern and volume, to reduce the risk of spontaneous fracture or back pain, to allow the motor maturity development and body awareness

• Continuous education about the disease and its treatment

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