Chocolate and other camp tricks

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    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!!
    Thanks,
    mousesn
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    Quote from mousesn
    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!!
    Thanks,
    mousesn
    I've heard the same thing about a little caffeine. Of course, in the actual wilderness I don't know about the likelihood of having caffeine or chocolate around, but at camp I'm sure they are plentiful, LOL !
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    I guess it would be the caffeine that helped. But is there enough caffeine in chocolate to actually help? Its a good excuse to eat a whole bunch of chocolate, though!
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    I will try this in the summer 2006
    thanks
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    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.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Mar 20, '06
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    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    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.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
    Thank you for your advice! I also do not think I would be comfortable using chocolate or coka-cola as definitive treatment, but I like hearing under what circumstances other nurses might feel comfortable using them (like how you said, "en route to a clinic". I also appreciate hearing about your circumstance and the actions you took! Thank you!


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