Our friends at Sensitive Choice have put together some tips for helping your family prepare for this holiday season. As families get set for the holiday season, the National Asthma Council Australia is encouraging parents of kids with asthma to take precautions.

“With many families going away on holidays at this time of the year, it’s easy for normal medicine routines to get disrupted,” the National Asthma Council Australia Chief Executive Officer Kristine Whorlow says. “It’s important for parents to plan ahead to ensure puffers or other medicines are taken, even when on the road or rushing off to visit friends and relatives.”

Ms Whorlow said the change of environment while away from home could also trigger asthma symptoms in children. “As well as packing your child’s usual medicines, also think about what other problems you might encounter while travelling with allergies. It might be a good idea to take your child’s hay fever tablets or nasal spray too.”

The National Asthma Council Australia has the following tips to keep kids’ asthma symptoms at bay during the holiday season:

Check-up before you check-in

Make sure your child’s asthma is going as well as possible before you leave. Your child doesn’t need to be sick to have an asthma check-up with your doctor, and it’s a good opportunity to get an up-to-date copy of their prescription.

Plan what to pack

Try to bring with you all the medication your child will need while you’re away, as well as some extra. Getting a new prescription filled at your destination could be difficult or time-consuming.

Don’t let the asthma routine slip

Keeping up your child’s medicine routine is really important, even on holidays. Don’t forget to take the preventer inhaler as normal, even when heading off to the beach or a day out.

Keep your child’s reliever handy

A reliever puffer can’t help if it’s in a suitcase at the bottom of the car boot or even in the hold of the plane. Make sure your child’s reliever puffer is in easy reach while travelling and also while you’re out enjoying your holiday.

Look after your child’s puffer

Puffers work best below 25 degrees, so look after them in the hot weather. Avoid keeping your child’s puffer on the windowsill, in the glove box or out in the sun.

Have an action plan

Consult with your doctor to develop an asthma action plan so you know what to do when asthma symptoms worsen. The asthma action plan can also be stored on your smartphone and easily accessed from anywhere via the Asthma Buddy iPhone and Android app. Visit www.nationalasthma.org.au for more information.

Check your insurance

Check that any travel medical insurance you take out will cover your child’s asthma, usually under ‘pre-existing conditions’. Policies vary, so it’s best to contact your travel agent for advice.

Source: Sensitive Choice and the National Asthma Council Australia

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