If your child has asthma, you know that it can be distressing and disruptive to daily life. Between avoiding triggers and making sure medications are always on hand—not to mention treating related conditions like allergies—asthma is a stressful diagnosis. This stress can exacerbate symptoms and be hard to address, which is where hypnosis shines as an adjunct treatment.
Hypnotic relaxation can be taught to an asthmatic child to help them regulate emotions during and outside of attacks. Children can use this technique to relax whenever they get particularly upset or during an asthma attack to avoid exacerbating the symptoms. When done consistently, self-hypnosis can increase the patient’s confidence in managing symptoms and emotions—even reduce the need for medication. Hypnosis can also address fear of future asthma attacks.
Not being able to breathe is scary for anyone—especially for children who have to rely on adults to administer their medicines. This fear disrupts daily life for child and parent alike. Hypnosis can improve overall quality of life as well as asthma symptoms.