According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, asthma is the most common chronic disease 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 worried your child might have asthma? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Cleveland 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 when living with asthma.

What Causes Asthma in Children?

Let’s first nail down what 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 because of allergies, such as pet dander, pollen and/or other environmental allergens. 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 are less likely to trigger asthma flare-ups. Regardless of which activity or sport 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 Cleveland today for a sports physical. No appointment is necessary.