Be sure asthma is under good control before going on a trip. For a good vacation, plan ahead for changes in the environment that may affect your child’s asthma. Have an up to date written Asthma Action Plan. Know your child’s triggers and how to avoid them.
What Should be Packed for the Trip?
Pack your child’s asthma medicines and spacers. Make sure the medicines are in the original container and labeled. Take extra medicine or carry a copy of the prescription in case of loss. Take your child’s Asthma Action Plan. Take your child’s doctor’s contact information.
Tips for a Safe Vacation:
- You may need more insurance to cover extra costs for care while on vacation.
- Check with the local insurance companies or travel agencies to buy extra insurance.
- Know the nearest emergency department where you are staying in case your child has asthma problems.
- Keep asthma medicine with you, not packed away in luggage.
- Wherever you travel, use asthma medicines at the same time each day.
- Educate other people your child may stay with about managing your child’s asthma.
- If you are planning to fly and animals are an asthma trigger, check with the airline about their policy for small pets in the cabin. Antihistamine medicine may be helpful before flying.
Controlling Triggers while away from Home
- Keep windows closed and use air conditioning if your child has pollen or mold allergies.
- When staying at hotels, choose smoke free rooms.
- Check the hotels pet policy. If you child has an allergy to pets, ask for a pet free room.
- If mold is a trigger, ask for a room away from indoor pools.
- If visiting relatives or friends, talk with them before the visit about your child’s triggers.
- Going to a new place may mean exposure to new triggers. Watch for changes in your child’s asthma.
Asthma can be Controlled
- Children with asthma can lead active, healthy lives.
- Keeping your child’s asthma under control is important at all times.
- Children with asthma should be able to be active without asthma problems.
- Work with your child’s doctor and asthma educator to control asthma.
- Keep learning as much as you can about asthma.
- Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled.