Exercise Tips for Asthmatic Children

Breathing in large amounts of cool, dry air on cold days can trigger exercise-induced athma and wheezing. So avoid running outside on cold winter days.

Short bursts of exercise are less likely to induce asthma than longer spells.

Exercising in warm, moist air seldom causes asthma, e.g. in indoor swimming pools.

You are less likely to trigger an attack if you exercise with arms or legs alone.

If you suffer from hayfever avoid exercising on days when the pollen count is high and could trigger an attack.

In team games, playing in a less active position could make all the difference between participating and not taking part.

Children should warm-up before playing games; just sprinting for 30 seconds several times over five to ten minutes will help protect the lungs for up to one hour.

A child who is physically fit is better able to cope with an asthma attack.

Children should not be discouraged from taking part in sport just because they have asthma. Physical education treachers in schools should encourage them to participate.

Children should take their medication before exercising and keep it with them during the class or game.

A child should not be forced to continue exercising if they say they are too wheezy.

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