ButeykoKids DVD set

The Buteyko Method is named after the late Russian dr Konstantin Buteyko who discovered in the 1950s that breathing too much has negative consequences to everybodys health. "Overbreathing" is simply a habit whereby the body becomes used to breathing too much air. In many ways it can be compared to someone who has develop the habit of overeating. Processed foods, high temperatures of houses, lack of physical exercise, stress and chemicals cause children to develop the habit of breathing too much for what their bodies require.

Healthy breathing during rest is quiet, silent, calm and undetectable. This enables maximum saturation of the blood with oxygen. It also enables normal and healthy functioning of systems and organs.

"Overbreathing" disturbs blood gases causing blood vessels including the main carotid artery to the brain to constrict. It also impairs the release of oxygen from the red blood cells reducing oxygenation of tissues and organs. Blood pH changes in alkaline direction increasing immunity reactions. Histamine levels in the blood increase resulting in hayfever and airway constriction for both children and adults. Smooth muscle surrounding the airways and blood vessels constrict resulting in the child developing asthma or bronchial problems. Airways cool and dehydrate resulting in inflammation of the airways.

The typical traits of a child who overbreathes include mouth breathing, sighs, noisy breathing during the day and night, (possible snoring).

The effects of overbreathing depend on genetic predisposition. Conditions and symptoms directly caused by overbreathing include cranio facial abnormalities, narrow facial structure, crooked teeth, behavioural problems, poor concentration, disrupted sleep, fatigue, asthma, coughing, wheezing, breathlessness, blocked and runny nose and more.

The ButeykoKids DVD set details how to teach children from 3 to 12 years of age. Included are Buteyko exercises to:

As published in General Dentist. 2010 Jan-Feb;58(1):18-25; quiz 26-7, 79-80.
Mouth breathing: adverse effects on facial growth, health, academics, and behavior.
Jefferson Y.
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"The vast majority of health care professionals are unaware of the negative impact of upper airway obstruction (mouth breathing) on normal facial growth and physiologic health. Children whose mouth breathing is untreated may develop long, narrow faces, narrow mouths, high palatal vaults, dental malocclusion, gummy smiles, and many other unattractive facial features, such as skeletal Class II or Class III facial profiles. These children do not sleep well at night due to obstructed airways; this lack of sleep can adversely affect their growth and academic performance. Many of these children are misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and hyperactivity. It is important for the entire health care community (including general and pediatric dentists) to screen and diagnose for mouth breathing in adults and in children as young as 5 years of age. If mouth breathing is treated early, its negative effect on facial and dental development and the medical and social problems associated with it can be reduced or averted."

Results to expect when children apply the Buteyko Method

Any child with respiratory issues such as asthma, rhinitis/hayfever, sleep issues such as snoring, disrupted sleep can expect to completely eliminate their symptoms as long as they follow the simple instruction contained on this DVD. As a Buteyko practitioner, I have seen enough results from thousands of children and adults to say that addressing breathing will reverse chronic conditions such as asthma and hayfever. Alternatively, if a child mouth and overbreathes, they are at a significant health and development disadvantage. Learning the Buteyko Method is instrumental to correcting the habit of mouth breathing.