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Dance, choir, and band… meet asthma!

shutterstock_160668761In this month’s issue of Montana Parent magazine, I write a column for parents whose children desire to participate in extracurricular activities.  Participating in extracurricular activities in one of the best parts of school, yet, some thought needs to go into choosing the best activity for each individual.  To read the article, go to: on page 40.

I review the benefits of and potential risks of the following activities for children with asthma and/or allergies.

  • Dance: the moves today are like aerobic exercise and exercise frequently triggers asthma.
  • Choir: singing energizes and lightens the mood, but can also trigger asthma.
  • Band/orchestra: playing wind instruments: improves respiratory health vs. more difficult for those with asthma.
  • Arts/crafts: if you have food allergy, beware of “edible art!”
  • 4H/rodeo: love animals–hate dander!
  • Cold-air sports: adrenalin rush vs. bronchial constriction of asthma.

At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we encourage families to carefully weigh the benefits and potential risks of various extracurricular activities.   Strive for the greatest and safest involvement possible!

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. 

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