What Are The Signs of Childhood Asthma?

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, asthma is the most common chronic disease found in children. While asthma can occur in both children and adults, the medical condition tends to occur more in children and is more common in boys than in girls.

Are you concerned that your child might have asthma? Our team at AFC Urgent Care of South Charlotte, NC wants you to know the signs to look for when it comes to asthma in children, as well as how to help your child still participate in sports and other physical activities when living with asthma.

What Causes Asthma in Children?

First, let’s define exactly what childhood asthma is. This medical condition causes your airways to become swollen and narrow. This can cause a variety of symptoms as you struggle to breathe.

Most asthma symptoms occur due to allergies, such as pet dander, pollen and/or other environmental allergens. Especially in the south, pollen can be a major factor. However, some children also have asthma that is brought on by exercise or even cold air.

Signs of Asthma in Children

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Poor exercise endurance

Can Children With Asthma Play Sports?

In many cases, yes! In fact, being physically active can help children who have asthma maintain a healthy weight and stay fit, while also helping to build the muscles around their lungs.

However, there are some sports that are better than others when it comes to children and asthma. These activities (listed below) are less likely to trigger asthma flare-ups. Regardless of which activity your child chooses, be sure to carefully follow medical instructions and keep an inhaler on hand, as directed.

Asthma-Friendly Sports

  • Swimming
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Golf
  • Martial arts
  • Fencing
  • Volleyball

Wondering whether your child is ready for sports participation? Stop by AFC Urgent Care of South Charlotte, NC today for a sports physical. No appointment is necessary.