Buteyko for Children

Buteyko for Children

All new born babies and vast majority of animals nasal breathe. Dogs pant through their mouths to regulate their body temperature but for the most part their mouth is closed. However in time processed foods, overeating, lack of exercise and high temperatures within the home all contribute mouth breathing. Additionally from 2 years old stress, anger and tension involves child’s life and these are also affects their breathing.

Mouth breathing causes asthma, rhinit, hay fever, nasal congestion, sleep disorders,  ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), craniofacial changes and crooked teeth. Habitually breathing through mouth also contributes increasing anxiety level.

“Children who mouth breathe typically do not sleep well, causing them to be tired during the day and possibly unable to concentrate on academics. If the child becomes frustrated in school, he or she may exhibit behavioural problems. Many of these children are misdiagnosed with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity (ADD, ADHD).” Dr. Yosh Jefferson

Asthma & Allergic Rhinits

With the Buteyko Method your child can:

ADHD & Anxiety

With the Buteyko Method your child can:

Craniofacial Changes and Crooked Teeth

Learning correct breathing and swallowing before the age of eight years often corrects facial development without the need for any orthodontic treatment. As the lower jaws are still developing until the age of eighteen, teenagers can also derive considerable benefit.

Furthermore, the success of any orthodontic treatment depends on the application of correct breathing and swallowing. 

Abnormal craniofacial development:


Correctcraniofacial growth:


Related Articles:

Mouth Breathing in Children Increases the Risk of Lifelong Sleep Apnoea

Related Videos:

Dr John Mew on Dispatches - Part 1

Dr John Mew on Dispatches - Part 2


1)    McKeown P, Buteyko Meets Dr Mew, Galway, ButeykoClinic.com, 2010.

2)    McKeown P, Presentation of Craniofacial Changes.


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