School is almost out for summer! For a lot of families, this means it’s vacation time! Traveling with kids can be a daunting task. Between the masses of luggage, a disrupted routine and tired little ones, sometimes as parents, we need another vacation – after the vacation!
Parents of wheezy kids face different challenges when traveling, but that doesn’t mean it has to put a dampener on summer.
Here are some tips to ensure that your summer vacation is a breeze!
1. Remember Your Child's Asthma Medication and Equipment
It’s vital that you pack your child’s medication and equipment, including their spacer and nebulizer if they use one. If you’re camping (or sight-seeing!) a portable nebulizer is a great choice. Likewise, remember to pack a travel adapter if your nebulizer needs connecting to a power outlet!
I know – this probably sounds like obvious advice! But, even if you’re super organized (good for you mom!), it’s still possible to have a momentary lapse of concentration. You can prevent mishaps by making a list together with your child or spouse. Take turns to check the list separately and then again together! You can make this a fun part of vacation prep, while also helping your wheezy kid feel in control of their care.
2. Know Where To Go In An Emeregency
Before you go and enjoy the sights, make a point of finding out where the nearest hospital is, in case of an emergency. You should also check your health insurance and make sure that your family is adequately covered.
If you’re traveling internationally, it’s important to take your child’s medications with their original labels on. Not only is this useful when going through airport security, but it can also help to avoid any miscommunication with physicians. In an emergency, this can save precious time.
3. Prepare For Allergens & Triggers
Dust often makes wheezing worse. To help alleviate discomfort, consider packing your child an anti-allergen pillow to use while on your trip. You can also request that hotel staff don’t use harsh chemical cleaners in your hotel room during your stay. Most importantly, request a hotel room that is ‘non smoking’ – especially if your kid is wheezy. Not only will you avoid the unpleasant smell of stale smoke, but it’s also a safer environment.
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America has an awesome guide on traveling with allergens and respiratory illness. If you’re the parent of a wheezy kid, we would absolutely recommend you check it out.
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