My 7-year old’s weather-induced asthma

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!



Comments 5

  • K8sMom2002

    Yikes, Jim! That's tough when you need exercise but the cold weather kicks up asthma symptoms!

    Weather (and cold) definitely triggers my asthma. Any dramatic temp change (hot to cold OR cold to hot) does not agree with my lungs. 

    AAFA has a great resource on how . AAFA also has a great blog post on steps to help: 

    Kudos to you guys for trying to get exercise — that's very important!

  • Melissa G

    So sorry Jim! Does your son have an  I would also check in with the dr to see how they want to treat it. 

  • Jim Bender

    He is not diagnosed with asthma because these bouts of difficult breathing are very infrequent.I am wondering if it is as simple as a scarf over his mouth to warm the air entering a bit.Jim BenderSent from mobile device.

  • Melissa G

    I understand now. I would probably still contact the pediatrician just to let them what has happened. And a scarf is a great idea! 

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi Jim, I agree with Melissa, it's a good idea to check in with the pediatrician, especially since it happens each year. Does it get better as his lungs adjust to the cold? (Meaning does his body adjust as the days go by?) And, does he have trouble at recess?

    Hope he is feeling better soon!