September is the peak month for asthma and children with this respiratory condition see more problems now than at other times of the year. This could be contributed to more allergens in the air, changes in the weather and stress from going back to school.
If you have a child with asthma, it’s important that you plan accordingly. This is one time of the year when you may need to take some extra precautions. For example, if your child goes to public school or to a child care provider, make sure the school nurse or other responsible adult has a backup copy of your child’s inhaler in case he or she loses hers or is unable to medicate herself in an emergency situation.
In order to be sure your child is protected and prepared as much as possible during this increase asthma season, it’s important to stockpile backup inhalers. Your child, if old enough, should always carry one with her and you should always have one on you as the parent in case an asthma attack hits while you are out and traveling. It can also pay to have one in a first aid kit in your home and/or vehicle. Here are some more tips on how to get backup inhalers, without having to pay more money that you might not have.
Get backup Inhalers without Paying Out of Pocket
Since it is important to have backup inhalers, how can you get them without having to pay more out of pocket expenses? Here are some tips:
– Ask for doctor samples- Many doctors offices have samples from the pharmaceutical companies that they may be able to offer you as a backup inhaler. Often these samples do not contain full doses that a regular prescription would have but it can be very helpful in an emergency situation.
– Call in those refills- Most insurance companies will give you an average of one inhaler per month for your asthma child but many children will not need this much. You should always call in your prescription refill even if you don’t need it just yet and then stockpile these inhalers as your backups.
– Use a mail-order prescription company-There are now several mail order prescription companies than can help you with deals and discounts that allow you to save on your asthma medication for your child. You can find specials such as a buy one get one free or other specials.
– As your doctor to send a letter- Your doctor can also try sending a letter to your insurance company stating that it is important that your child have the extra back-up inhaler and most insurance companies will comply to help your child.
These tips will help you to be able to get backup inhalers for your child to help provide extra protection in asthma emergencies.
Personal experience, 3 asthma children