If your child is suffering from asthma, it’s probably natural for you to have all his/her triggers memorized by heart, written down on a piece of paper and forever tucked into his/her backpack along with some hypoallergenic remedies.
We all know that exercise is a common and potent asthma trigger but exercise is also one of the best ways for people to stay fit, including asthmatic kids. Although it’s very tempting to deprive your daughter from dance class or prevent your son from joining the Little League, experts say that an effective exercise program decreases symptoms and lessens the need for medications.
“Exercise is good for kids for so many reasons,” says Christina Scirica, a pediatric pulmonologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. This is most especially true for obese children, who have more potential for suffering from harder-to-treat asthma, and one way to help lessen attacks is by losing the weight through exercise and healthy diet.
Unfortunately, there are many parents who start to panic the moment their children experience shortness of breath during a strenuous activity. Well there’s no need to make things worse by panicking and getting breathless yourself. According to bostonglobe.com, “kids and parents should be familiar with the difference between an asthma attack and normal exertion from exercise.”
If your son plays basketball and experiences shortness of breath, of course that’s normal. All of us who exercise have felt that. However, when your little girl is running around the yard and then suddenly stops to cough, wheeze or complain that her chest is tightening, that’s most probably an asthma attack. This is a great time for your kid to take a rest, and if needed, her medication.
To help prevent asthma attacks during a workout or a sports activity, the first step for you is to consult a physician to see how you can have your kid’s asthma well under control. Your specialist may prescribe any of the following:
- Daily medications
- Pre-exercise bronchodilator
- Additional dosage in case of an on-coming attack
Although it’s too easy to get paranoid, Dr. Scirica assures parents that in most cases, “asthma can be managed quite well without too much medication.” A bittersweet example would be a 15 year old sophomore football player who was quite an asthmatic athlete. According to his coach, he was a strong, talented, great kid. ”Demerio had pretty severe asthma, he was mature about it and knew when he could push through it during practice and when he had to stop and take a breathing treatment,” says Fremd Head Football Coach Lou Sponsel.
So even if your kid is not on the playing field, there are still other triggers looming about. We at PURE always emphasize asthma prevention and management to avoid surprises and potential danger. So always remind your kid to warm up before doing high intensity activities and avoid exercising if they are suffering from colds or flu. But do not end up a couch potato or someone who is afraid to go outside. That could make allergies more sever. Always avoid areas with high pollution, pollens and other allergens. Keep hypoallergenic products such as our tea tree oil and anti allergen spray handy and install our PURE air purifiers in your home. And don’t forget while going on vacations or out of town sports and fitness activities, always book a stay in one of our partner hotels where they offer PURE Rooms, made clean and fresh with our 7-step purification process.