How does asthma affect children?

In terms of physical fitness, lifestyle and disability

  • Worse physical condition and muscle strength in asthmatic children 
  • Less physical activity and more consumption of unhealthy foods than healthy peers
  • Advice: monitor physical fitness to prevent deconditioning

Children with mild-to-moderate asthma and adolescents with exercise-induced dyspnoea, have poor lung function and aerobic capacity, are physically less strong, eat less healthy and move less when compared to their non-asthmatic peers. Moreover they have a larger risk of suffering an allergic reaction, eczema, and food allergies/ intolerances. This is found in a Spanish study among 142 children in the ages of 7 to 17 years. The researchers advise to monitor the health and lifestyle of asthmatic children adequately, and take early steps in case of adverse signals.


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