Harmonicas help young patients breath easy

Pediatric patients at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital are getting a boost in their recovery through a new program that’s helping them breathe better in a fun way.

Respiratory therapists have been using harmonicas in the pediatric ward.

It was an idea sparked by musician Buddy Wakefield, who said he’d used the harp with his brother who had Parkinson’s disease.

“It helps me to breathe better. It helps my lungs open up,” said 11-year-old asthma sufferer Tynell Gant.

The children are given their own harmonica with a book filled with children’s songs, and using a four-count, they’re taught to play.

It’s also a simple way for parents to know their children are breathing right at home.

Because of how well the program is going, the hospital is looking to expand it to its long-term patients.