How can I help someone who is hyperventilating?

A person who is hyperventilating because of an emotion, such as excitement or fear, may resume normal (effective) breathing if he or she is reassured and calm.

Tell the person to relax and breathe slowly.

If the person's breathing does not slow down, a more serious problem may be the cause.

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