Parents who have children with asthma would have a major concern when their children participate in sports. Often, parents forbid their children to participate in sports or any activity that can trigger asthma attacks.
Parents should realize that every child still need physical activity to stay healthy and fit. Prevent children doing sports activities in total will hamper the ability of children to be active, learn sportsmanship, and being part of a team.
If you are a parent of a child who had an asthma attack due to sports activities, there are several types of sports that can be followed without having to worry. Some things to consider before exercise are as follows.
1. Talk to your doctor and express your concerns. Doctors can offer tips and guidance on what the appropriate sport for children and how to prevent asthma attacks.
2. Choose the right sport for your children. Some examples of sports that do not deplete energy include golf, bowling, swimming and archery. Do not engage in activities such as running and jumping in order to minimize the occurrence of asthma attacks.
3. Pay attention to your child's asthma triggers, if the asthma appears as cold air, avoid swimming in the pool with a low temperature or jogging in the mountains.
4. If such a child chooses to do basketball, or football, you have to prepare them before playing. Encourage children to bring an inhaler. Inhalers used 15 minutes before activity can help prevent asthma attacks. Be sure to tell the child to rest if he feel troubled to breathe.
5. Talk to the principal or sports teacher about the child's condition. School management usually understand the limitations of children with asthma, so they'll pay attention when the child participate in sports.
6. You can read articles from magazines or the internet to find more information about this case. Additional information will help you choose a safe and suitable sports for your child.