Hi, I have been following through many allnurses threads for awhile and I wanted to say that everyone participating in these nursing discussions have truly encouraged me in nursing (I am currently a level II nursing student). In a lecture on Wednesday a professor brought up that chocolate is an old wilderness nursing trick for bronchospasm. I knew about giving coca-cola to kids experiencing minor asthma attacks helps to bronchodilate them, but was unaware of the effect of chocolate. Apparantly chocolate has Theobromine in it, which is a smooth muscle relaxant.
I personally thought that was pretty neat. I was wondering if anyone else had heard about that? Also, I was wondering if anyone else knows of any other "wilderness" tricks like that! Thank you for your time and thoughtful responses! Again, I really appreciate all that you nurses do! I am proud to say I am going into nursing because of nurses like all of you!!
Mar 20, '06
by ZASHAGALKA Pro
My experience as a camp nurse is that any of the kids remotely asthmatic have their 'puffers' handy. Most parents are thankfully paranoid about such things.
Chocolate or caffeine is a mild emergency aid but not a cure.
Someone having an asthma attack would truly either need their prescription medicine or immediate medical attn.
If I gave those thing to an a child with active asthma, it would only be enroute to the local clinic.
I did have a circumstance where a child forgot his albuterol inhaler at the beginning of camp, but a quick call to his doc, and a prescription phone-in, and I had a $16.00 replacement inhaler up from the local pharmacy by noon the first day of camp.
I would not be comfortable with using either as a definitive treatment.
Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Mar 20, '06