- Ask your child to lie on his/her back.
- Ask your child to close her/his eyes and breathe normally while paying attention to all the parts of his/her body that move when she/he breathes.
- Ask him/her to place one hand on her/his upper chest and the other on his/her stomach.
- Tell your child to inhale through the nose and into her/his abdomen. The hand on his/her stomach should move upwards and the one on her/his chest should remain still.
- Tell him/her to inhale for a count of four, then hold it in for a count of four.
- Ask your child to exhale. Tell her/him to push out the air from his/her stomach. The hand placed on her/his stomach will move downwards.
- Repeat the exercise for five to 10 minutes or until your child feels relaxed.
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