Lung volume recruitment: How it helps your child to take a deep breath

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Discover how to perform lung volume recruitment with your child to help them take deep breaths.

Key points

  • Lung volume recruitment (LVR) helps inflate the lungs to their largest volume and stretches the chest muscles.
  • LVR prevents chest wall muscle tightening and stiffening of the lungs and can help prevent lung infections.
  • If your health care provider thinks that your child may benefit from LVR, a respiratory therapist will train you in what to do and discuss suitable equipment for your child’s needs.
  • Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions. Stop LVR immediately if your child develops chest pain, chest tightness or shortness of breath.
Last updated: July 20th 2016