Asthma in your child shouldn't prevent you from planning a family vacation or letting your child go on a camping or vacation with friends. With good preparation and communication, you and your child can enjoy a vacation.
Before you travel, make sure your child's asthma conditions are well controlled. If you have just relapsed, check with a doctor. Your child may need a change of medication or consult a doctor before traveling.
All you need to prepare before the holidays with children
When preparing goods, be sure to bring drugs that work fast (rescue or fast-acting medicine) and long-term controlling drugs. Make sure the medicine is easy to reach. If you travel by plane, be sure to carry it in your carry-on bag and take it to the cabin, so that medicines stay with you whenever your child needs it, even if your luggage is lost.
2 Peak flow meter
You can also carry a peak flow meter if your child uses it. Also bring a card and health insurance information, as well as an asthma action plan for drug listings, dosage information, doctor's phone number.
3. Doctor's letter
If you are traveling abroad, bring a letter from your doctor describing your child's diagnosis, medication and equipment. This can help you through airport security or customs. Ask for generic names of medicines, to anticipate if medicines have other names in a country.
If your child uses a nebulizer, you might be able to buy the portable version. Many portable nebulizers can be mounted to the cigarette lighter in a car. If you travel abroad, make sure you bring the necessary adapters.
If you travel by car
Buses, trains, and cars may have the same allergens in your home, including dust mites and mold that are trapped on the sofa or ventilation system. There isn't much you can do about buses or trains, but if you travel by car, turn on the air conditioner with the window open for about 10 minutes. This can reduce mold and dust mites in the car. If pollen levels or pollution affect your child's asthma, close the window and turn on the air conditioner.
If you travel by plane
Air quality on airplanes can affect your child's asthma. Smoking is prohibited on all commercial flights, but not on charter flights. If you travel by chartered plane, ask about smoking rules and request a seat in the non-smoking section. The air on the airplane is very dry, give your child plenty to drink while on the plane. Many airlines allow the use of nebulizers (except when taking off and landing), but check first. Nebulizer is usually not included in emergency equipment because of its large size. However, inhalers can be used as a substitute for a nebulizer in treating asthma and are easier to carry when traveling.
Your child's asthma triggers will determine what you need to do to prevent asthma attacks at the place you will stay for the holidays. If pollen or air pollution is the trigger, you can plan a trip in a season where the amount of pollen and smog is lower.
If dust or mold mites are a problem and you will be staying in a hotel, ask if there are rooms that are free of allergies. Requesting a room with sunlight and dry and far from the pool can help. If the animal is allergen, ask for a room that the pet has never occupied. You should always stay in a non-smoking room.
If you are going to live in a rented cottage near the beach or the forest, ask to have it aerated before you arrive. Make sure your friends or family you live with know the triggers for asthma before you reach your destination. Although they cannot clean all the mites or mold, they can vacuum the dust thoroughly, especially in the room your child will stay.
If scented candles, potpourri, aerosol products or firewood bother your child, ask the host not to use it. You can also remind you not to smoke indoors while your child is in the room.
It takes months for dander to disappear effectively from a room, you should not stay with friends or family who have pets if the animal dander is a trigger for your child's asthma.
Wherever you are going to stay, consider bringing a child's pillow and blanket from home to ensure hypoallergenic bedding.
The time difference can also be a challenge. When traveling, try to give medicine at the usual time from the area of origin. When you get to a different time zone, remember to adjust the time to local time.
Make sure your child is in control of his activities
If the condition of the child's asthma is well controlled, you can enjoy the scenery, hiking , or your entertainment activities. However, keep thinking about triggers of asthma when planning activities. For example, avoid walking or hiking a lot if pollution or pollen counts are high, or if the weather is very cold and dry. If you are camping, keep children away from campfires.
Make sure you get plenty of rest (indoors if possible), carry drugs that work fast, and prepare a backup plan if your child has asthma symptoms.
Like at home, if someone else is going to supervise your child, make sure he knows the condition of the child's asthma and knows what can and should not be done to prevent your child's asthma from recurring.
If your child is traveling alone
If your child will travel alone ( camping or staying with friends or other family), make sure there are adults watching him. Make sure the adult accompanying your child knows and has a copy of the asthma action plan, a list of medicines, and an emergency telephone number. Also send written permission to accompany the child during an emergency.
Talk with your child before the trip to discuss an asthma action plan and what needs to be done during an emergency. Your child must be familiar with asthma triggers, know how to use medication, and be able to recognize signs of an asthma attack.
If your child has not taken long-term medication and only relies on drugs that work quickly to control asthma, it may not be time to allow children to travel alone, especially for long periods of time.
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Reviewed: June 20, 2019 | Last Edited: June 20, 2019
Traveling and asthma. http://kidshealth.org/parent/asthma_center/living_asthma/travel_asthma.html#. Accessed 08/18/2015.