Home > Medical > Asthma > FAQs FAQs All sections in Asthma » Asthma Basics » Asthma News » Asthma Overview » Asthma and Children » Asthma and Exercise » Asthma Treatment » FAQs » Health Tips » Manage Your Asthma » How Severe is your Asthma » Living with Asthma » My Asthma Story Wouldn't it be easier and simpler to give my child a tablet or syrup instead of worrying if he is inhaling the correct dosage? With an inhaler the medication is delivered directly into the airways of the lungs. The medication is going directly to the site where it's needed. My child has asthma. What exercise do you recommend? Encourage your child to swim or, if you don’t have access to a pool, choose activities that require short bursts of energy. Sprinting is better than cross-country. I’m asthmatic but I want to start exercising. Where should I start? Consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise programme. Choose an asthma-friendly sport, start out slowly, take your time getting fit and include your friends. Test Is your asthma under control? » Like Health24 on Facebook » Subscribe Asthma Newsletter » Join Body Talk » Celebrities with asthma World's Most Famous TB Patients What can I do to improve my exercise tolerance? Stay active. The fitter you are, the better you’ll be able to manage your asthma. Use the recommended medication to help prevent chest tightness. What do I do once exercise-related coughing or wheezing has started? Use a reliever bronchodilator. Sodium cromoglycate, theophyllines and inhaled steroids won’t relieve symptoms once they’ve started. What causes asthma symptoms at night? Neither sleep nor dreaming is responsible for nocturnal (nighttime) worsening of asthma. However, there might be several other reasons for this phenomenon. Why do I get asthma when I exercise? In many asthmatics, particularly children, breathlessness and wheezing is brought on by exercise. It maight be the result of cold air and faster breathing. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health!