Dr. Max Gomez: Swim For Asthma
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August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


THE JOYRIDE WENT FOR A MILE BEFORE IT TURNED. POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE DRIVER. DANGEROUS. WHAT A STUNT. KIDS WITH ASTHMA HAVE A TOUGH TIME STAYING ACTIVE AND IN SHAPE BECAUSE EXERCISE CAN OFTEN TRIGGER AN ATTACK. BUT THERE’S ONE ACTIVE KIDS CAN DO THAT’S SAFE AND CAN IMPROVE THEIR SYMPTOMS. CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ SAYS, IT’S SWIMMING! Reporter: 11-YEAR-OLD CHRISTIAN JACKSON HAS SEVERE ASTHMA. SO EXERCISE HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN EASY. AT TIMES IT’S EVEN LED TO SERIOUS ATTACKS. WHEN IT STARTS TO FLARE UP LIKE MY SHOULDERS GO UP, IT FEELS TIGHT LIKE EVERYTHING’S KIND OF BLACKING OUT BECAUSE IT FEELS LIKE I’M GOING TO FAINTS OR SOMETHING. Reporter: CHRISTIAN RELIES ON DAILY MEDICATION TO CONTROL HIS ASTHMA AND IN THE PAST, HE STRUGGLED TO FIND WAYS TO SAFELY STAY ACTIVE. UNTIL HE WAS INTRODUCED TO THE POOL. IF YOU WANT A SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATION AS TO AN ACTIVITY THAT WON’T TRIGGER AN ASTHMA ATTACK, SWIMMING IS GREAT. Reporter: BUT FOR CHRISTIAN SWIMMING ISN’T JUST A PASTIME IT’S PART OF HIS SCHOOL CURRICULUM. WHEN YOU GET INTO THE POOL WITH THAT WARM AIR AND TEACH THEM HOW TO REGULATE THEIR BREATHING, THEY CAN DO A LOT MORE WITH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY THAN THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO DO OTHERWISE. Reporter: THE KEY IS THE HUMID AIR NOT IN DOOR POOL WHICH KEEPS AIRWAYS — NOT IN DOOR POOL WHICH KEEPS AIRWAYS OPEN — IN THE INDOOR POOL WHICH KEEPS AIRWAYS OPEN. EXERCISING OUTDOORS IN THE COLD CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS. THE AIRWAYS DRY OUT A BIT SETTING OFF REACTIONS THAT SQUEEZES DOWN THE AIRWAYS. SO IF WE CAN PREVENT THAT INITIAL DRYING STEP BY STAYING IN A HUMID ENVIRONMENT WE PREVENT THE ASTHMA ATTACK ALTOGETHER. Reporter: HIS TIME IN THE POOL HAS LED TO VAST IMPROVEMENTS IN HIS LUNGS. IT FEELS LIKE IT STRENGTHENS THEM. IT REALLY STRENGTHENS MY MUSCLE. AND IT’S FUN. Reporter: SWIMMING HELPS KIDS CONTROL THEIR BREATHING BECAUSE THEY ARE FORCED TO TAKE LONG DEEP BREATHS BEFORE GOING UNDER WATER. SWIMMING ALSO HELPS KIDS WITH ASTHMA STRENGTHEN THEIR LUNG FUNCTION SO THEY CAN EVENTUALLY


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  1. What is the indoor pool is cold water? My daughter has asthma, and only coughs a lot during the seasonal change. Should she go into a cold pool?

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