5 Flyp’s Tips For an Asthma-Friendly Summer
While summer break is meant to be a time of relaxation and recreation for our children, its not always the case for those living with asthma. The summer’s heat and humidity can affect your child’s breathing. There may be reduced air quality and elevated allergens in the as the humidity traps particles of pollen, dust, and mold.
Rest assured, asthma doesn’t have to take control of your family’s summer. You can still enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoor activities that come with the warmer weather. Just remember these 5 tips while soaking up some sun.
5) Carry an Asthma Travel Pack Wherever You Go.
Whether your child is going on vacation, spending a day at the beach, or heading off to summer camp, having a travel pack handy can prevent an asthma attack from sneaking up on you. This pack should consist of quick-relief and controller medicines, a portable delivery device (like, Flyp, for example if she uses a nebulizer), an insurance card, and most importantly, a personalized asthma action plan. The asthma action plan is vital if you can’t be with your child at all times; it’s important that whoever is supervising their treatment can have instructions on the proper procedure.
4) Check Air Quality
Knowing what the air quality is like that day before heading outside could preemptively stop a flare up. This can be as simple as looking at the pollen count and the air quality index of your local area. Ozone and particles in the air are higher during the middle of the day, so it is suggested that you and your child enjoy outdoor activities during the morning or evening to lower the chances of an asthma attack.
3) Keep Your Windows Closed
When the windows are left open, the humidity from outside will make its way into the house, and with the humidity comes the particles trapped in it. This, unfortunately, prevents your own home from being a safe place away from any triggers. It is recommended to use air conditioners and fans to keep your house cool during the day. However, at night when there is minimal pollution, it may be okay to open a few windows to let in some fresh air.
2) Keep an Eye Out for Triggers
Understanding what triggers your asthma attacks is the best way to avoid them all together. Most commonly, flare ups are caused by exposure to pollen, mold, dust, and other air pollutants. However, there’s some specific triggers that are more common during the summer. Campfire smoke and fireworks can affect the air quality and cause flare ups. Some common fruits and vegetables can be an issue too as they can attract and give off harmful pollen. In some cases, even exposure to chlorine in swimming pools can create difficulty in breathing. While avoidance may not be possible, mindfulness and preparedness can keep your child a step-ahead of an unexpected attack.
1) STAY COOL
While this may go without saying, the number one tip for living with asthma in the summer is to keep cool. Tactics range from drinking cold water, going swimming, sitting inside an air conditioned house, or even finding a shady tree to rest under between activities. Make sure your child knows their limits while spending time outside and is careful to not overheat.
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