is Still in Session Even During Summer Break
3, 2005 – NEWSdial.com) With school out for the summer,
children across the country will be taking to the community
pools, baseball fields and other outdoor venues for some fun
in the sun. But for the 20 million children in the United States
suffering from asthma, it's important that parents not let
their child's asthma management take a vacation as well.
need to be observant of their child's asthma management especially
during the summer months when children tend to be more active
and outdoors," said James L. Sublett, MD, a Fellow of
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). "But
if parents work with their child to take the proper precautions
there is no reason why their child can't enjoy everything the
summer months have to offer."
swimming at the local pool, heading off to summer camp or playing
in the backyard, the AAAAI offers the following asthma tips
to help parents manage their child's asthma:
not to exercise outside when pollen counts are high, this could
aggravate your child's asthma - check out the National Allergy
Bureau Web site for pollen counts in your area.
with an allergist/immunologist to ensure your child is taking
the proper medication and notify them if reactions to medications
sure your child properly stretches and warms up before exercising,
take breaks during, and cool down afterward. Instruct them
to drink plenty of fluids as well.
sure your child always carries an asthma inhaler, so they are
prepared for any trigger that may cross their path.
> If your
child is going to summer camp, meet with camp counselors to
ensure proper asthma management.
building a fire, make sure your asthmatic child sits farther
away and out of the wind so the smoke does not irritate their
your area for ragweed, mold and any other triggers that can
affect your child's asthma.
attention to Ozone Alerts in your area. High temperatures combined
with pollution can pose a health problem for children with
urges parents to work with an allergist/immunologist to develop
an effective management plan for their child's asthma. An allergist/immunologist
is the best-qualified medical professional trained to manage
the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma.
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