What to Do if Your Child Has an Asthma Attack


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.


Source: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/child/asthma-attacks/

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