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,
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