An asthma attack can be frightening for anyone, and even more so if the person involved is a child. If you’re a parent, watching your child experience an onset of symptoms will naturally frighten you too - meaning it can be difficult to remain calm and take the correct course of action.
Below, we reveal the signs that suggest your child is experiencing an asthma attack, and explain what you should do in such a situation.
Signs your child is having an asthma attack
Their inhaler is not providing them with relief as it normally would
They are struggling to talk to you
Their breathing is faster and accompanied by wheezing and/or coughing
They are complaining of stomach discomfort
Actions to take
Encourage your child to sit up as straight as they can
Reassure them as you try to calm them down
Assist them by ensuring they take their reliever inhaler every 30-60 seconds, but make sure they don’t use it more than 10 times
If your child’s symptoms continue, we advise you to call an ambulance. If for any reason your child does not have an inhaler, call the emergency services immediately.