Playing Hard with Asthma: A Look at Kids’ Sport for Parents
- Provide a written asthma care plan, also known as an asthma action plan, to your child’s coach.
- If coaches need education, provide resources. Ensure they know general asthma symptoms, and also how your child’s asthma “looks”.
- Show coaches how your child’s medication is used. Let them know how independent your child is in administering their medication.
- If your child takes asthma medication before being active, ensure coaches are aware of this.
- Ensure coaches know how to reach you in case of an emergency, or, if they have any questions. Encourage them to ask questions, no matter how inconsequential they may seem.
- Ensure kids have extra inhalers available—just in case! Some kids may wish to carry their own inhalers—clip on cases and not-lame waist packs exist to ensure that their inhalers stay attached to them and don’t go flying out of a pocket during a game! Alternately, a parent on the bench/sidelines, or a coach, can hold kids medications.
- If your child is not feeling well they should not participate in physical activity. If they recently have had an exacerbation or virus (like a cold or flu) check with their doctor when it is okay to return to play. They may need to ease into it,
Do you get muscle cramps caused by your asthma medicine?