Exercise is vital to your child's well being. It promotes the growth of healthy bones and helps to maintain a strong heart and lungs. Even a child who asthma is exercise induced should be allowed to take part in sports and other physical activities, as long as he always has an inhaler with him and uses it promptly to reverse an attack. Both you and your child should be encouraged by the long list of men and women who have been very successful in athletics and other sports, such as football and swimming, despite their asthma.
With careful monitoring and regular medication, asthma can now be very successful managed. In most cases there is no reason why it should restrict your child's life or affect his long term health in any major way. If your child is one of the lucky ones, he may even outgrow the condition by the time he reaches puberty. Teach your child to recognize his own particular warning signs, or if this is difficult, to use his peak flow meter to monitor his condition.
Encourage your child to note the time he takes his reliever. If he needs to use his inhaler more often than every four hours, the asthma attack is moderately severe and he should see his doctor. Suggest activities like swimming and yoga because they build up strength in the lungs and help with breathing. Join a support group to meet other people in your situation. Do not let your child stop taking preventive medication without medical advice, even if he has not had an asthma attack for a long time.