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creative alternatives to incentive spirometry

tots24 tots24 (Member)

Has 1 years experience. Specializes in pediatrics, orthopedics.

I work with post-op peds and have the darndest time getting them to deep breathe. Some can use the IS and some do okay with bubbles, but they rarely do it hourly even with prompting. We also have party blowers and pinwheels, but do you have any other activities that your kids do that would be a fun way to break up the monotony of hourly IS use? I'm thinking straw painting, cotton ball races using a straw, kazoos, etc. Something FUN!

Fall.out.nerd

Specializes in NICU/pediatrics/nursery.

I've seen balloon races, where you try to blow a balloon up as fast as possible in a race against the nurse or another kid doing IS though with most places banning latex you might have to do blowing up a glove :)

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