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Doctors: Fun and Exercise Should Not Be Limited for Asthmatic Kids

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

As kids get out of school and into summer, outdoor activities become fun way to spend free time.

"Kids with asthma are often exposed to grasses and things they may not be exposed to during school and they're more active when they are involved with swimming and softball and baseball," says Dr. Ted Williams, M.D., Southeastern Pediatrics Associates.

Doctors say many parents don't know how to keep their kid's asthma under control. It can sometimes be confused with a cold or the flu with symptoms of coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and chest congestion.

While doctors can prescribe some medications to help asthmatic symptoms, there are things you can do at home.

"Avoid dry, dusty areas as much as possible. We try to avoid cigarette smoke and environmental pollutants that may cause kids to wheeze or develop allergic symptoms," says Williams.

"Physicians can't do it along and we need the parents help. And the parents are with that child everyday so they notice these subtle changes," says Dr. William Hitchcock, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego.

And perhaps the most important tip you can use: talk with your doctor. Doctors can answer any question you may have and help your child have an active, fun summer.

For more information on helping kids cope with asthma, log on to kidshealth.org.


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