Published on June 16th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Offers Tips for Avoiding Asthma Triggers
One-Day Camp Helps Families Learn to Manage Asthma
“If I could fix one thing for families who have children with asthma, it would be to teach them the importance of taking maintenance medications appropriately,” said Trey Brown, M.D., the Midlands’ only pediatric pulmonologist.
Brown and his staff spend a lot of time educating families about identifying triggers that cause asthma attacks. He said, “Once we identify specific triggers, we can develop a plan for controlling asthma.”
For some children, exercise is a trigger, whether it is just playing outside or participating in organized sports, such as summer football camp, soccer, baseball, gymnastics or dance. “Excessively hot days also can be a trigger,” said Brown. “Taking a preventive medication before engaging in exercise can help. Staying indoors during the hottest days can make a difference.”
For children who are having a hard time controlling their asthma, Camp Catch Your Breath offers an opportunity for children ages five to 12 to learn from experts. The new camp was created by senior respiratory program students at Midlands Technical College (MTC) with respiratory therapist Cayce Hendrix and MTC faculty. Hendrix has worked at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital for 21 years and is on the MTC faculty.
“Our camp is designed to teach children how to better manage their asthma. The goal is to reduce hospitalizations as well as missed school days. Children with asthma face a special set of challenges – including frequent school absences and the constant need for medication,” said Hendrix. “The most trying aspect of their condition could be the sense of anxiety and exclusion that overshadows activities other kids take for granted.”
Camp Catch Your Breath is a free one-day camp where children can learn about how to manage their asthma in fun, interactive ways while in a medically safe environment. Respiratory therapists, respiratory care students, physicians and nurses will teach campers about avoiding triggers, how to take medications properly and how to follow an asthma action plan.
Camp Catch Your Breath will be held Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd. The deadline to register is June 14. To register, visit MidlandsTech.edu/RespCare/CCYB.html.