Part of our daily routine with my 7 year old son is to walk a little over a mile to school. Today was the first day that we had temps under 40 when walking. Just a few steps outside the house he complained that breathing hurt and we had to slow down for him. Now we are not talking about heavy exertion here–just walking with a light backpack. His mom says this happens every year when it gets cold. The rest of the year he might have a runny nose once in awhile that could be attributed to allergies but no trouble breathing.
Any thoughts? Is this possibly something other than asthma induced by cold weather?
What can we do to reduce symptoms (parents and child need the exercise!)
Thanks for your thoughts!