It can be easy to fall out of routine on the school holidays. Research shows there’s a sharp rise in asthma flare-ups after the summer holidays, but it’s just as important to stay on top of your child’s asthma management between terms.
Here are a few things to put on your to-do list during the break:
- Check your child’s asthma medicines – Are they still in date? Do they need replacing?
- Keep giving your child their preventer medicine daily as prescribed, even when feeling well (or check they are remembering to take it themselves if they are older).
- Remember to pack your child’s asthma medicine, spacer and mask (if needed) on all holiday outings and if you go away.
- Ensure anyone who is caring for your child over the holidays has access to a copy of your child’s written Asthma Action Plan, their medicines and a spacer (or mask). It’s good to also check they know how to use them and who to contact in an emergency.
- Check to see if your child is due for an Asthma Review. If so, ask your doctor for an update to your child’s written Asthma Action Plan at your appointment.
If you’ve noticed that your child has had any flare-ups during the past term, it’s a good idea to book an appointment with your doctor even if they’re not due for an Asthma Review. Talk to your doctor about how to avoid future flare-ups or attacks by using your child’s medicines on their Asthma Action Plan.
For more information on asthma in kids visit https://asthma.org.au/about-asthma/asthma-in-children/
If you have any questions about your child’s asthma, you can book a call with one of our Asthma Educators or call 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).