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Singing for lung health for children with asthma

Heather Henry explains the physical and mental health benefits of vocal exercises for young people

Singing for lung health is becoming increasingly popular with adults with chronic lung disease. The British Lung Foundation (BLF) has been at the forefront of establishing groups led by trained singing leaders. In many parts of the country, singing is being considered a valid social prescribing intervention for wellbeing as well as lung health.1 However, the same development has not so far taken place for children with asthma and other lung diseases.

This article sets out the emerging evidence base for music therapy and singing for lung health in adults and children. It presents the learning so far on recommended singing exercises for lung health in children. The article concludes with some practical suggestions for primary and community nurses in utilising breathing exercises and music in their clinical practice.

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