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Paediatric Respiratory Conditions

Respiratory conditions in children can be extremely distressing for the child and the parent/carer. A respiratory condition affects the respiratory system which is made up of the nose, mouth, trachea, and lungs. Respiratory conditions can be classed as mild or severe. Mild respiratory conditions such as general colds and coughs generally pass without any physiotherapy treatment required. However, severe infections such as croup, bronchiolitis or pneumonia will require physiotherapy treatment. Children who have been diagnosed with conditions such as cystic fibrosis or asthma will require lifelong physiotherapy treatment. Our paediatric physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio have vast experience in treating children with a variety of severe respiratory conditions.

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What causes paediatric respiratory conditions?

The two causes of respiratory conditions amongst children are:
  • Genetic make up
  • Infections
The cause of the respiratory condition will determine what course of treatment is necessary and how long input is required. Our respiratory physiotherapists have vast experience in treating children presenting with various symptoms and conditions.

Common paediatric respiratory conditions Liverpool Physio treat

Our respiratory physiotherapists have experience in treating many paediatric conditions such as:
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma
  • Croup
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia
The above list is not exhaustive. If your child has a respiratory condition and you would like further information from one of our respiratory physiotherapists then please either email us at or call us on 0151 558 0077.

Common paediatric respiratory symptoms

Every child will present with different symptoms depending on the underlying cause. However, some common symptoms which may be seen are:
  • Wheezing
  • Expectorating secretions
  • Difficulty coughing
  • Stridor
  • Altered breathing pattern
  • Reduced exercise tolerance

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What would physiotherapy treatment for respiratory conditions involve?

Our paediatric physiotherapists have extensive experience in treating children with respiratory conditions with a variety of treatment techniques. Advice and treatment can be administered to assist secretion removal to help clear the airways. Other treatments may include:
  • Positioning advice to help with breathing and the? drainage of secretions
  • Lung clearance methods including vibrations to the chest
  • Breathing control exercises to help reduce shortness of breath
  • Advice for the long term management of specific conditions
  • Inhaler technique
  • Exercises
  • Teaching family and carers how to manage the condition at home

Why Liverpool Physio for paediatric physiotherapy?

Liverpool Physio prides itself on the expertise of our paediatric physiotherapists delivering a high standard of care to each and every child. Other reasons to choose Liverpool Physio include:
  • No waiting lists, immediate treatment
  • Ongoing treatment on an individual basis
  • Patient centred care
  • Parental and carer support
  • Highly experienced specialist paediatric physiotherapists
  • Regularly training undertaken to continually develop skills

How to arrange an appointment

To arrange an appointment or to speak to one of our physiotherapists then either email us at or phone us on 0151 558 0077.


It can be a distressing time when your child is suffering from a respiratory condition. Our specialist physiotherapists have extensive knowledge in assessing and treating your child?s respiratory symptoms. Reassurance and support is provided to the parents and carers, making sure you are always fully aware of your child?s condition and progress. Various treatment techniques are utilised as Liverpool Physio prides itself on making sure your child receives the best possible care available.

To arrange an appointment or for further information contact Liverpool Physio at or call us on 0151 558 0077.

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