Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Children With Asthma Need An "Action Plan" Before Camp, Other Activities Begin This Summer, National Jewish Nurse Explains

Date:
July 18, 2000
Source:
National Jewish Medical And Research Center
Summary:
Most children associate summer with outdoor entertainment like swimming, camping and soccer. For children with asthma, however, summer can be a dangerous season. But parents can take several steps to help keep them safe.

DENVER -- Most children associate summer with outdoor entertainment like swimming, camping and soccer. For children with asthma, however, summer can be a dangerous season. But parents can take several steps to help keep them safe. Creating an asthma action plan, with the assistance of the child’s doctor, can help ensure a safe, fun-filled summer. For those children who spend time at summer camp, a checklist of some asthma triggers can greatly assist the child’s counselors and make camp time more enjoyable. The trigger list might include sensitivities and allergens such as exercise, molds and pollens, perfumes and strong odors, trees and grasses, insect stings and animal dander.

Related Articles


Children who experience asthma symptoms require “pretreatment” (the use of a prescribed, inhaled medication) before any strenuous activities. “There are many professional and Olympic athletes who have asthma,” says Epi Mazzei, R.N., manager of LUNG LINE at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. “With treatment, they are extremely competitive and have even won gold medals. They haven’t let asthma stop them.”

Asthma is the leading chronic illness among children, according to the American Lung Association. Asthma affects nearly 5 million children and adolescents; each year, 5,000 children with asthma die.

Some symptoms of asthma are coughing, chest tightness and wheezing. For the vast majority of people who experience this condition, the use of a prescribed, inhaled medication prior to exercise is effective in preventing or lessening the symptoms. Children with asthma should be encouraged to exercise, so they can enjoy the importance of the self-esteem and confidence that comes from healthy, physical activity.

In addition to telling camp counselors a child has asthma, provide a written asthma action plan on how to treat the disease should it become an emergency. Your child’s doctor should write the asthma action plan, which typically includes the child’s asthma triggers, asthma early warning signs and what to do in an emergency.

“The biggest mistake that’s made is when children are sent to camp, and no one is told they have asthma,” explains Mazzei. “Make sure the camp nurse has a copy of the asthma action plan and you send the medications needed for emergency treatment.”

Parents should check with camp administrators on their policy of allowing children to keep medication with them. LUNG LINE recommends that every child with asthma have a “rescue” inhaler, which is used for quick relief of symptoms such as wheezing, coughing or chest tightness.

Parents, for more information on childhood asthma and asthma action plans, call LUNG LINE, 800-222-LUNG, or E-mail lungline@njc.org.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by National Jewish Medical And Research Center. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

National Jewish Medical And Research Center. "Children With Asthma Need An "Action Plan" Before Camp, Other Activities Begin This Summer, National Jewish Nurse Explains." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 July 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/06/000627135556.htm>.
National Jewish Medical And Research Center. (2000, July 18). Children With Asthma Need An "Action Plan" Before Camp, Other Activities Begin This Summer, National Jewish Nurse Explains. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 26, 2015 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/06/000627135556.htm
National Jewish Medical And Research Center. "Children With Asthma Need An "Action Plan" Before Camp, Other Activities Begin This Summer, National Jewish Nurse Explains." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/06/000627135556.htm (accessed January 26, 2015).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, January 26, 2015

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Ebola Mistakes Should Serve a Lesson Says WHO

Ebola Mistakes Should Serve a Lesson Says WHO

AFP (Jan. 25, 2015) The World Health Organization&apos;s chief on Sunday admitted the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola, saying it should serve a lesson to avoid similar mistakes in future. Duration: 00:55 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spreads To 5 States

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Spreads To 5 States

Newsy (Jan. 24, 2015) Much of the Disneyland measles outbreak is being blamed on the anti-vaccination movement. The CDC encourages just about everyone get immunized. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Growing Measles Outbreak Worries Calif. Parents

Growing Measles Outbreak Worries Calif. Parents

AP (Jan. 23, 2015) Public health officials are rushing to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened 70 people across 6 states and Mexico. The AP&apos;s Raquel Maria Dillon has more. (Jan. 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Smart Wristband to Shock Away Bad Habits

Smart Wristband to Shock Away Bad Habits

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Jan. 23, 2015) A Boston start-up is developing a wristband they say will help users break bad habits by jolting them with an electric shock. Ben Gruber reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins