Ontario Lung Association

Ontario Lung Association

June 24, 2010 13:16 ET

Ontario Lung Association: Asthma Doesn't Take Summer Holidays

Kids, parents urged to stay on track with medication over the summer break

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2010) -

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Whether your child is hanging out at home, going to camp or heading to the cottage during the summer holidays, it's important to remember that asthma doesn't take a vacation. Common triggers can play hide and seek with kids if their regular medication routine gives way to fun summer activities. And remember, kids should stay on their asthma medication even when they feel well.

Keep your child's asthma well controlled and follow these tips:

•  Use an asthma action plan. If your child doesn't have one, see your healthcare provider before holidays or camp begins. These help you track your child's symptoms and medication routine so you know how to better keep his or her asthma under control.

•  Research what asthma triggers your child may be exposed to at the campground or cottage. For example mouldy cabins or wood smoke could cause an asthma attack. For urban campers attending day programs, consider items such as indelible markers and craft glues, which can also set off asthma. 

•  Plan ahead. Make sure your child has enough asthma medication to last long after the entire vacation or summer camp. The time to run out of medication is not during a crisis.

•  Know where the nearest emergency services are when your child is away from home. Asthma attacks can come on quickly and medical help needs to be close by.

Common asthma triggers in the summer

•  Mould – grows in damp places like the woods and can be present if camping in a tent or cabin

•  Pollens – different plants pollinate at different times throughout the season 

•  Ragweed – common late summer 

•  Smog – poor air quality can affect kids with asthma and because it is present even in cottage country, outdoor activities should be monitored on heavier smog days 

•  Exercise – kids may need to warm up before exercises and cool down after 

•  Dust – we know, no white gloves allowed at camp, but rustic settings can be rife with dust, a leading trigger for many kids

•  Campfire – the aroma of wood burning means there are toxins in the air that could set off your child's asthma

Child protection never takes a day off. And, like brushing teeth and washing hands, managing asthma requires a daily routine to make the grade even when school's out. Parents wanting more information on how to keep their kids healthy this summer can call The Lung Association's Asthma Action Helpline at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864).

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Contact Information

  • Ontario Lung Association
    Karen Petcoff
    416-864-9911 ext. 283 or Cell 416-275-6844
    kpetcoff@on.lung.ca

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