They say parents pack up their troubles and send them off to camp! But, for parents of kids with asthma, sending children off to summer camp can be extremely stressful. However, with proper research and precautions, the experience can be safe and rewarding.
Here are some safety measures you can take:
- Find the right camp – something both you and your child feel comfortable with.
- Visit your physician or allergist beforehand to ensure your child has all required medication needed for the duration of her/his stay. Don’t forget to check the expiration dates!
- Fill out an Asthma Action Plan with your physician so you can share it with camp officials.
- Speak to the camp officials about your child’s health concerns and outline your expectations. Here are some questions you can ask them:
- Can your children carry their inhalers on their person or do they have to be stored with camp officials?
- Do they know how to administer an inhaler and other medications like Epi-pens?
- Do they know what to do in an emergency? Do they know when to call 911?
- Is there a nurse on staff at all times?
- How far is the nearest hospital?
- Do they have experience with children with asthma and allergies?
Asking the right questions and taking these precautions will ensure your child’s safety – and your peace of mind while they are away.