School is out and now it's time for summer camp. But - do you ever feel nervous about sending your kids with asthma to camp?
What if their allergies flare up? What if they have an asthma attack? I pack their medicine - but are they going to remember to take it?
There is a great resource - American Lung Association has asthma camps in most states. What makes their camps different is that they have allergy and asthma specialists, registered nurses and respiratory therapists at the camp 24 hours a day. So - no matter what happens, they can take care of your little camper! They also make sure the kids take their asthma medicine on schedule and can make special arrangements for kids with dietary needs.
They provide asthma education AND a lot of fun!
To get an idea of what they are like, check out this asthma camp in California, SCAMP camp. (Southern California Asthma Management Program) They also have a Youtube video that shows the camp! You can see kids playing soccer, climbing and rappelling, canoeing, etc - all under the watchful eye of camp counselors and medical personel.
If you think you can't afford it - talk to your state American Lung Association. Ours offers "camperships" (scholarships) because no child is ever turned away because they can't pay for camp.
You can relax knowing that your child is in good hands. You could even use that time to clean out their room and get rid of stuff while they are gone (did I just admit to that?!)
Now........ where did I put the sleeping bags?