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Breathing Well During Summer Vacation

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It's that time again! School is out and it's time to have some summer fun. Don't let your child's asthma interfere with your summer plans.

You can control your child's asthma by planning ahead. So take these next quick steps to keep your child breathing good all summer long.

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, patients with asthma should be scheduled for planned follow-up visits periodically with their doctor to assess their asthma severity and control. During these planned visits, a doctor can modify asthma treatment, if needed, to keep your child's asthma under control. So, before you head out for the summer, be sure to check in with your child's doctor.

During the doctor's visit, you may inquire about an asthma action plan if you don't already have one. The asthma action plan can help assist you with self-management of your child's asthma. The plan will include instructions for daily treatment and how to recognize and handle worsening asthma.

It is very important that you also refill all of your child's medications before you leave on any summer trips. This will ensure that your child does not run out of medication while on vacation. Asthma control relies on your ability to administer asthma medications as prescribed.

Know what triggers your child's asthma. Different environments can expose your child to different triggers. So while traveling, be aware of your child's asthma triggers and ways you can alleviate them. Common asthma triggers that you may encounter can include environmental tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, pollen, dust mites and mold.

By following these simple steps, you should have no problem keeping your child breathing well all summer long.

Have a great summer!

For more information about asthma, contact the Seton Asthma Center at 512-324-2762.

Breathing Well During Summer Vacation
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