These SMA Breathing Interventions Can Help With Lung Development
Breathing issues for infants with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can cause serious illness and are the leading cause of death for those with type 1 and type 2 SMA.
Respiratory care is essential for children with SMA. Parents will need to watch for any breathing difficulties so they can be addressed as soon as possible. CureSMA explains that you will need to work with your healthcare team to come up with a personalized respiratory care plan for your child.
However, there are a couple breathing interventions using specialized equipment you can do with your child that will assist with lung development.
Resuscitator Mask and Bag
The use of a resuscitator mask and bag can help infants with their breathing. Placing the mask over the child’s mouth and nose, you can squeeze the bag when your child inhales to help provide extra oxygen. This should be repeated several times over a period of a few minutes.
Cough Assist Machine
A cough machine is essential for families with SMA babies and children. It can help clear the airways, making breathing easier, and remove excess mucus from the lungs to reduce the risk of infection. Regular use of a cough assist machine may be recommended by your health care team. Parents will need to undergo brief training to learn how to use the machine.
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