Community Pediatric Asthma Service

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Travelling with Asthma

Keep your asthma under control and have fun wherever you go!  Whether you are heading off to camp, going to a sleep over at a friend's house, visiting your grandparents or travelling on holidays with your family--anytime you are away from home for more than one day, consider our information below. And remember - don't take a vacation from your medicine.


Before you leave

Important questions to ask before you leave:

  • Will your asthma triggers be at the place where you are staying?  Is there a way to avoid them?
  • If your parents are not going to be with you, do the other adults or staff know about your asthma?  Will they know how to help you?  Do they know how your inhaler works?  Print instructions for your asthma device and bring this with you

Asthma Devices

Your "To Do List"

  • Visit your doctor for an asthma check-up before you leave.  This is also a good time to review your Asthma Action Plan
  • If you don't have a plan, print one out and take it with you for you and your doctor to complete
  • Make sure you have enough medicine for the time you are away

Asthma Action Plan

Pack these

When you arrive

  • Talk to the adults or camp doctor/nurse about your asthma and medicines.  Explain your asthma medicine to them and show them how your inhaler works
  • Give them your Asthma Action Plan and My Asthma Information card
  • Tell them what your asthma triggers are, ask any of those  triggers will be where you will play, eat or sleep
  • If you will be playing, exercising or doing physical activities, talk to them about what you can do so that your fun activities do not trigger your asthma

Walk | Run | Play | Breathe
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