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Do You Know The Breathing Rate Of Your Child

Oxygenating the body is a very important aspect of a child’s growth and development. Many parents do not realize this until there’s a problem with breathing. Problems arising from a cold or flu are expected to create a change in breathing rate, but there are other factors that affect it also.

Although every child is different other factors that contribute to breathing rates are, a child’s weight and body size and their level of activity. Children seem to have an abundance of energy and can seem very active. But one thing we need to realize is that they have this energy in spurts, their level of activity should look like a big wave. What that  looks  like is a high level of physical activity  followed by periods of lesser levels of activity. It should buid gradually and have a built in recovery period but that period doesn’t mean that they are totally still and not moving at all.

As a dance and movement consultant and physical development specialist for children, it is my job to pay attention to children’s breathing rates throughout our sessions. Many times my parents or teachers will say that a student has asthma and that is always good to know. Often times I do not experience attacks because  the sessions are designed to take into consideration how children need to move.

Weather changes are another factor that affect the breathing rates of children. If it is really cold outside but warm  inside our building, children tend to cough a lot after a vigorous activity like running.  So although running is good for them and is needed to develop their cardio vascular system which breathing is a part of, it should not be too taxing or demanding and have built in periods or rest or less demanding activities.


Breathing maintains the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in a child’s body. It  is critcial for children to maintain this balance for their growth and development. A by product of a child’s metabolism and growth is carbon dioxide. This is a waste product which has to be eliminated from the body. Breathing helps to eliminate carbon dioxide from the body while also providing oxygen to all the child’s vital organs like the heart, liver, lungs etc, as well as their bones, tissues and nerves.


“According to the New York State Department of Health, infants, from birth to 1 year, should have 30 to 60 breaths per minute. Toddlers, ages 1 to 3, breathe 24 to 40 times per minute. Pre-schoolers, ages 3 to 6 years, average 22 to 34 breaths per minute. Six- to 12-year-olds have 18 to 30 breaths per minute. Adolescents, ages 12 to 18, have 12 to 16 breaths per minute.”

You can get more information and other related topics at the livestrong site listed below, including how to measure your child’s rate of breathing.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/115712-normal-breathing-rate-children/#ixzz2Qy550tSX

I hope you find this information useful. I would love to know what you think and if you have any questions or comments. Please be sure to comment, I ‘d love to hear from you. Also you can get a free ebook on healthy eating and moving for kids at http://www.healthykidsweightloss.com

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