Mason and Avery just started swim lessons. Thanks to our country’s extremely warm year and our Alabama home, we still have plenty of pool time ahead!

I thought Travis was going to pass out from pure pleasure when Mason’s coach told us, “he is a little athlete, he’s very coachable.” Meanwhile, Avery was in tears but we were assured, “she wasn’t scared. She was just really, really, really mad.” With that, I thought I was going to pass out from pure pleasure – my little gal has some fight in her!

Swimming certainly brings up some questions for parents with little ones that have struggled with breathing conditions. What sort of precautions should I take? Will swimming help or worsen asthma and respiratory problems?

Here is some interesting research we found here at The Easy Breathing Band’s HQ:

Exercise-induced asthma is certainly a concern, but it’s not insurmountable. Particularly when an indoor pool is involved, ventilation and general air quality may make breathing more difficult and potentially dangerous for little ones that are predisposed to these sorts of problems.

However, swimming is excellent exercise, so there is definitely a tremendous advantage to pool time. In fact, there has also been quite a bit of research into how intensive swimming programs actually increase total lung capacity.

Better breathing?!

Everything from the horizontal positioning of the body, rhythmic breathing and occasional states of hypoxia may help develop alveoli and the lungs’ ability to expand. What’s more, some of this research – with a similar finding – has also been done with kids.

Check out this article on MedicineNet.com for more information, including helpful tips and a lengthy Q&A by a WebMD physician: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=53704