Summer is here, bringing with it camping getaways, family hikes, and all-day outdoor play. But if your child suffers from asthma, it is necessary to keep it under control during the summer months to ensure that he has a safe and active break from school.
Planning ahead and taking precautions helps reduce your risks. Be careful of summer asthma triggers, such as pets, food allergens, campfire smoke, air pollution, mold in the woods, and dust and mold in tents or trailers. Remember that air quality on vacation will not be as easy to control as it is at home.
Take control of your child’s breathing
Here are some tips from The Lung Association to help your child take control of their breathing:
- air out your camping gear before spending time inside
- take medications as prescribed
- develop a written action plan with your healthcare provider
- have a quick-acting relief inhaler (usually a blue one) on hand and carry an extra one just in case
- check out the air quality health index forecast
- Before traveling, find the emergency medical service closest to your destination.
Asthma doesn’t require a vacation, so managing it while you’re away is just as important as when you’re at home.
Sending your child camping with friends or other family members?
Share your child’s action plan with accompanying adults. This should include key information such as:
- which medication is taken daily and which is for emergencies
- what triggers can cause your asthma symptoms
- What signs and symptoms may indicate that you are having an asthma attack
- who are your emergency contacts
Call the Lung Association’s lung health information line at 1-888-344-LUNG, where you can speak with a certified respiratory educator.
Thank you to our friends at The Lung Association for providing us with this information and for helping sustain the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement.