Swimming Helps Children with Asthma – Fact or Myth?

According to SingHealth, bronchial asthma is a common problem in childhood that affects about 20% of children in Singapore.

Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways — or bronchial tubes — inside the lungs.

Typical triggers are allergens (such as pollen and mold), air irritants and pollutants, respiratory infections, weather conditions, and sometimes even something simple like laughing or crying.

Humidity Helps Alleviate Dryness in Airways

Humidity is helpful for alleviating the dryness in the airways. Humid environments such as steam rooms are commonly used to help people with bronchoconstriction to relax and open up the airways.

Swimming pools are naturally humid due to high water content in the surroundings. Thus, this helps to prevent asthma attacks in children.

Swimming Helps Children to Regulate their Breathing

Another additional benefit for kids with asthma is that swimming teaches kids how to control and regulate their breathing. By holding their breath, kids are able to expand their lung capacity as well.

Through the constant ups and downs in the lap pool, swimming helps to strengthen heart and lung fitness too. Certified swimming coaches are easy to find in Singapore and you can easily a swimming coach to teach your help proper breathing

methods while they are in the water.

Learn more about taking swimming lessons for kids in Singapore.

Is Swimming Good for All Asthmatics?

Swimming is not good for all asthmatics. Chlorine used in pools usually gets emitted out as gas. Such chlorine gas are irritants and may trigger an asthma attack in some kids. For the concerned parents, always choose an outdoor pool or one with good ventilations so as to prevent this.

Interesting Facts 

Did you know that 8% of Olympic athletes have asthma?

This was confirmed at a recent study conducted by the University of Western Australia. Thus, asthma is no excuse for not exercising! Exercising under controlled environments can be a great help to kids with asthma.

While swimming is a great avenue, it should not be the only form of exercise kids with asthma can do.

Ultimately, parents should always regularly monitor asthma occurrences and seek your doctor’s opinions before commencing anything too strenous. Also, it’s important to inform coaches/ teachers of your child’s condition before they partake in exercises.

If your child starts to develop asthma symptoms during any form of exercise, you should stop straight away and rethink your approach.

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