Yes! In fact, it will make them healthier. Children with asthma often fall into a cycle of avoiding exercise, which can make them overweight and prone to more asthma symptoms. Being overweight increases the possibility of sleep apnea, which can make asthma worse. Exercise helps kids strengthen their breathing muscles and can open up the lungs.
Kids with well-controlled asthma can run and play hard and participate in any sport they’d like. Just make sure your child is taking their asthma medicines as directed by your doctor— these medicines will help them while they’re active.
Contact your primary care doctor or the ParentSmart Healthline at 1-855-KID-INFO (543-4636) if you have any questions or concerns about your child participating in sports.
Source: Bridget Raleigh, NP