Asthma & Camp

Getting Ready for Camp

  • Children with asthma can lead healthy, active lives.
  • Whether traveling far away or staying close to home, going camping takes time to plan. Asthma should be part of that planning.
  • Be sure asthma is under good control before going to camp.


What is Asthma Control?

  • Able to do everyday health activities.
  • Normal sleep without asthma symptoms.
  • Daytime asthma symptoms no more than 3 times a week.
  • Reliever medicine used no more than 3 times a week for symptoms.
  • No emergency visits for asthma.
  • No missed school or daycare for asthma.


How to Plan For Camp

  • Even if you think your child’s asthma is under control, see your child's doctor for a pre-camp check-up.
  • Bring your child’s Asthma Action Plan, medicines and your questions.

At the appointment your child’s doctor should:

  • answer your questions
  • assess your child’s asthma control
  • review and update your child’s Asthma Action Plan
  • review and refill your child’s asthma medicines


What Should Be Packed For Camp?

You should pack:

  • An up-to-date copy of your child’s Asthma Action Plan.
  • Your child’s asthma medicines and spacer if using a puffer.
  • A written list of how much medicine your child is taking and how often.
  • Written list of your child’s asthma triggers.
  • Extra asthma medicines in case they get lost.


Safety Ideas for Camping

  • Be sure the camp has medical staff available. Most camps have a nurse.
  • Ask about the camp rules for asthma medicines. Be sure your child can keep their Reliever medicine with them at all times.
  • Find out what triggers your child may be exposed to while at camp.
  • Review these asthma triggers with the camp staff and talk about how they would avoid them (eg. campfire smoke).
  • Review how to follow and use the Asthma Action Plan with the camp nurse and your child's camp counselor.
  • Be sure the camp nurse and your child’s counselor know how to use the asthma medicine.
  • Be sure the camp has an emergency contact person and your child’s doctor’s information.


Asthma Allie Says:

"Good asthma control will help prevent problems while at camp!"


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