Asthma is a respiratory condition that is troublesome for anyone, but especially for young children who have so much energy to burn and want to be out there playing with the rest of their friends.
When your child, who has had asthma for a while now or was just newly diagnosed, mentions they want to participate in sports, you must be wondering if that’s a smart idea?
While it is a fact if your child has asthma that they have difficulty breathing, actually participating in a sport will actually help their asthma instead of making it worse.
A kid who does play sports will be more active, keep a healthy weight and certainly strengthen their breathing muscles in the process.
There are elite athletes who have made it all the way to the Olympics while having asthma. So if you’re wondering if playing sports is a possibility in your child’s future even if they have asthma: the answer is a resounding yes!
The emotional benefits of being involved in sports has been well documented. The endorphins released during strenuous activities help kids sleep better and be happy.
A kid who grows to be strong and powerful because of what they have accomplished will most likely see themselves in a very powerful way.
Get The Asthma Under Control
Now that you know it is possible, it is very important that you and your child understand his or her particular situation.
What affects the child more and causes asthma attacks? During this learning curve, be very careful of introducing something like a sport when you don’t have the proper baseline for any aggravating factors and conditions.
Listen closely to the doctor’s prescribed treatments and monitor thoroughly. This must be done prior to a child getting into sports so things can be built up safely.
Precautions To Keep In Mind
Here you will have to trust a bit about how your child interprets an asthma attack. They should at this time be familiar with the symptoms that lead to an attack so they won’t panic if they feel it coming.
They also won’t confuse it with the normal exhaustion that accompanies strenuous activity related to sports.
Your child and you or the supervising adult (such as a coach) should have the medication treatment on hand so that it’s readily available if any flare up occurs. Anyone who is supervising should be fully aware of all the steps needed to care for an individual who gets an attack so research their background experience in this.
Give any important contact information to whoever is in charge if you’re not around.
Identify Asthma Triggers
If you did what you were supposed to and monitored your child’s asthma conditions, you would know the triggers that make asthma attacks happen more frequently.
Allergens are a key factor so if they particularly effect your kid, be aware of the environment he or she is playing in.
Away games can have differing conditions so knowing where they are going and being prepared will help.
Cool, dry air have been known to make the conditions worse as well.
Exercise Benefits All
While it is a bit more difficult at first for those who have asthma, constant exercise while working around the condition will only be beneficial to a child.
Safety is a concern but if monitored properly as we’ve mentioned, the benefits of participating in a sport far outweigh the possible downsides.
Being involved in a sport if the kid desires to do so is a big part of their life, so let them do it and it will greatly enhance both your lives.