The Buteyko method also has a lot to offer children from five of six years old. Children up to about 13 to 14 years of age have their own training program, but the goal is the same: to restore nasal breathing and functional breathing pattern.
For what conditions?
Children benefit from the Buteyko method when they suffer from: asthma, allergy, stuffy nose, coughing, fatigue, poor sleep, bedwetting and vague hyperventilation complaints such as dizziness, poor concentration, etc. They usually recover faster than adults, often within two to three months. Asthma symptoms decrease or disappear. The children get more energy and their concentration gets better.
How is their breathing now?
Children from about 13 to 14 years old can often measure their Control pause. For younger children, this does not work well, therefore we ‘count their steps’. This test requires some explanation, so feel free to contact us and you will receive information about how to do this at home. We then discuss whether the Buteyko course makes sense for your child.
Together with parent/caregiver
Children and adolescents up to about 15 years of age follow the course under the guidance of a parent or caregiver. Then as a parent, you can guide your child well at home and stimulate them to do the exercises, to breathe through the nose, avoiding stimuli, etc.
The course program
The course consists of three meetings of about one hour, plus various course materials including the course book. Between meetings and after the course you can always call or email if you have questions or need advice. The program is structured around four themes:
- What is healthy breathing?
- Switching to nasal breathing
- Practice three times a day
- Breathing while sleeping and exercising
Up to 18 years old the course rate is € 255,- (*). For people on low household incomes (such as benefits, part-time jobs, etc.) there is a possibility for payment by instalments.
(*) Depending on your health insurance in the Netherlands, individual consultations might be eligible for reimbursement. If you have any questions about this, please call our office.
When registering for the Buteyko course, the General Terms and Conditions apply.
You can easily register for the course using the button below. Or if you have some questions, please fill in the contact form for a free consultation.