You must assess whether your child’s asthma is well controlled before considering allowing them to stay the night at a friend’s place, especially if they have never stayed there before. It is also important that they feel comfortable enough to ask for assistance if they start to experience any symptoms during their stay.
A new or unfamiliar environment can pose unforeseen problems that could trigger your child’s asthma. Good communication and a little planning can ensure that the sleepover is loads of fun for all concerned.
Put all of your child’s medications as well as a copy of their written asthma action plan into a small bag that can be easily accessed should they need it.
If you child is younger then this bag should be given to the adult in charge, ensuring that they understand what general care is needed as well as what they need to in case of emergency. After all, you do not want them to feel anxious or worried all evening either.
Ensure that the school has an up-to-date copy of your child’s asthma management plan as well as enough medication to last the entire trip, plus some extra in case. Make sure that the teachers or parents supervising the trip understand how to treat your child should they experience as asthma attack, particularly if they are travelling to remote locations.