Exercise In Children With Asthma

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Management of Exercise in Children with Asthma

While exercise, can cause many adverse symptoms, in children with asthma, they can still benefit from physical activity and sports. Having asthma, should not prevent children from enjoying the same sports and physical activity, as their peers.
The most common chronic illness, in children, happens to be asthma. For every child, symptoms can be as different as the triggers to each of these symptoms. While one thing may bother one child, it may not bother another at all. The most common symptoms with asthma are coughing, wheezing, breathing difficulty, and may have some chest tightness and chest pain. Most children with asthma, will have symptoms when they are sick from a cold or while exercising.
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If the long acting medication is taken before school, it will help for the entire day.
The best way to prevent asthma symptoms with exercise, is to keep the asthma that is not related to exercise under control. This may include, regular use of inhaled steroid medications and using certain medications before exercise. Having a close relationship with your child’s doctor, is very important for determining what medicine is best. Making sure your child knows how to use their inhaler, is also very important. If the asthma seems to be controlled but your child still has symptoms during or after exercise, talk with their doctor about it.
There are a few ways to prevent symptoms of exercise induced asthma; If the child is exercising in the cold, try wrapping a scarf around their face to warm and humidify the air, never exercise first thing in the morning and exercise indoors, try having the child experiment with different sports to see which ones bother them and which ones do not, and always have the child start their exercise with a warm up period.
If the child shows any symptoms during any activity, it should always be stopped

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