Campfires, sing-alongs, and fun in the sun are quintessential experiences of every summer camp around the country, but some campers have more to worry about than others. If your child has asthma, it is still possible for him or her to have a safe and enjoyable summer camp experience. However, before sending your child off to camp, stop in at the walk-in clinic for a checkup and make sure you research the camp beforehand.
Do Research the Camp Thoroughly Ahead of Time
There may be special needs camps nearby that will be well-suited to your child’s needs. Some camps are designed to provide safe environments for children with asthma and allergies, for instance. If there are no special needs camps close by, check for camps that are located close to urgent care centers. Contact the camp and ask questions, including the following:
- Is there a registered nurse available every day?
- Our camp counselors trained to handle medical emergencies?
- Will my child be allowed to carry an inhaler everywhere?
- How will the camp counselors help my child avoid asthma triggers?
Don’t Neglect to Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment
Your child should have a medical evaluation before going away to summer camp. The doctor will make sure it’s safe for your child to attend camp, and he or she can provide an emergency treatment plan to give to the camp staff. The doctor can also help your child brush up on the basics of managing his or her health.
Do Educate Camp Staff About Your Child’s Needs
If possible, meet with the camp staff in person beforehand. Provide copies of the doctor’s emergency asthma treatment plan, and discuss your child’s needs. Make sure the staff members understand your child’s asthma triggers, daily medications, and emergency treatments.
Don’t Forget to Send Extra Medications
Check all of the expiration dates for your child’s medications and emergency inhalers. Remind your child of when and how to use the emergency inhaler, and make sure your child wears a medical ID bracelet or necklace every day. Send along extra medications, including a spare emergency inhaler.
If you’re looking for compassionate asthma care in Orlando, Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Clermont, look no further than Paramount Urgent Care. Our walk-in clinics provide chronic health management services for kids and adults. Parents can reach us at 352-674-9218.