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Just because your child has asthma, it doesn't mean they have to sit on the sidelines. In fact, playing sports and staying active not only helps your child's self esteem, it can strengthen their lungs as well. Here are some tips to help your child stay on the field and off the bench.

Stay ahead of the game

Don't let asthma be the reason your child can't participate in sports. If your child expresses an interest in a particular sport, work with your pediatrician to come up with a plan in case an attack occurs. This plan should also be shared with teachers as well. If your child is the new kid in school, it is important to alert teachers and the school nurse about his or her condition.

Because nobody else knows your child like you do, having an emergency plan in place will help teachers be prepared if an asthma attack should occur. Make sure your plan includes:

  • The warning signs of an asthma attack. Because every child is different, each child may display different warning signs. It is very important you are specific about the signs and symptoms of an oncoming attack.
  • A list of all medications. Write out a list of all medications, the dosages, how to use them, when to use them and where they are kept. With the consent from a pediatrician, your child may carry certain medications for emergency purposes.
  • What to do if a serious attack occurs: It is a good idea to write down the name and number of your child's doctor. Write down the medications that should be administered during a serious attack and specific directions about how to use them.
  • When to seek emergency care: Write down the signs and symptoms of a life-threatening attack and have list of emergency numbers.

Be a good sport:Prevent asthma attacks in your little athlete