Boys Town’s Top Five Tips to Reduce Exercise Induced Asthma

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Exercise is an important part of a child’s growth and development but exercise induced asthma, a chronic lung disease, can greatly hinder a child’s exercise routine or sideline him or her altogether. Follow these five tips provided by Boys Town pediatricians to help keep children moving.

There are ways to treat exercise induced asthma so your child does not need to be sidelined.

Boys Town today released five strategies to help prevent exercise-induced asthma in children. Exercise is an important part of a child’s growth and development but exercise induced asthma, which is a chronic lung disease, can greatly hinder a child’s exercise routine or sideline him or her altogether. It causes wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Exercise-induced asthma can occur either during or after physical activity.

The national child and healthcare organization, founded more than 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice and offers these tips to reduce exercise induced asthma:

  •     Still encourage children to exercise or take part in physical activities.
  •     Have children perform warm-up exercises before any workout
  •     Avoid strenuous activity in cold, dry air
  •     Wear a mask when possible
  •     Consult your child’s physician about using a quick-relief, over-the-counter medicine 15 to 30 minutes before exercise

“There are ways to prevent exercise induced asthma,” says Kevin Murphy, M.D., Pediatric Pulmonologist at Boys Town Allergy, Asthma and Pediatric Pulmonology. “Your child does not need to be sidelined because of exercised induced asthma.”

Knowing the right steps and procedures to improve asthma control will help your child lead a healthy life. If you feel that you are having troubles controlling your child’s asthma, contact your child’s physician.

For information on more than 9,000 pediatric topics, visit the Pediatric Advisor at boystownpediatrics.org. The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

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Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2012, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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