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How should kids with asthma get exercise?

Q. How should kids with asthma get exercise?

A. Exercise is one of the most potent triggers of asthma symptoms, but it shouldn’t prevent children with asthma from staying fit. “Exercise is good for kids for so many reasons,” says Christina Scirica, a pediatric pulmonologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. In fact, studies have shown that kids with asthma who go through a physical conditioning program have reduced symptoms and need fewer medications. Kids who are obese are more likely to have asthma, and it tends to be harder to treat, another reason to encourage fitness.

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