If your child has an asthma attack

We know that it’s very frightening to see your child in distress, especially when they are suffering from an asthma attack. Sometimes its difficult to determine if you should ring an ambulance because you may feel that you are a burden or over reacting. Believe it or not but you are not alone, every parent panics in this situation. Its important that you recognise the signs of an asthma attack and take action quickly.

 

 

SIGNS THAT YOUR CHILD IS HAVING AN ASTHMA ATTACK ARE:
  • Their reliever inhaler (usually blue) isn’t helping.
  • They can’t talk or walk easily.
  • They’re breathing hard and fast.
  • They’re coughing or wheezing a lot.
  • They complain of a tummy ache or chest ache
  • Skin colour changes and a grey, blue tinge is seen around the nose and mouth
  • Becoming increasingly agitated and/or confused

 

ALWAYS CALL 999 IMMEDIATELY IF YOU DON’T HAVE A RELIEVER INHALER WITH YOU 

 

REMEMBER: YOU’RE NOT WASTING ANYONE’S TIME

Many people tell us that sometimes they feel like they are wasting the paramedics time when calling for an ambulance, its always, always better to be safe. Don’t risk looking back wishing you had gotten your child the urgent care they needed. Every 10 seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life threatening asthma attack. 3 people every day die because of an asthma attack. Please never feel like an inconvenience, an asthma attack is a genuine emergency that can be life threatening if it is not treated quickly and properly.

 

 

IF YOUR CHILD HASN’T HAD AN ASTHMA ATTACK BUT THEIR SYMPTOMS ARE GETTING WORSE

This could be a warning sign they may have an asthma attack soon. Asthma attacks rarely happen out of the blue. For around 80 per cent of people, asthma symptoms get gradually worse for a few days or more before an asthma attack.

 

TAKE ACTION IF:
  • your child’s symptoms (wheeze, cough, breathlessness) come back
  • your child’s asthma wakes them at night
  • they need to use their reliever inhaler more than three times a week.

Taking action now could prevent your child needing emergency treatment. Taking the medications that are prescribed to you exactly as directed is whats going to keep your child’s asthma under control. We know that sometimes people get complacent with keeping up to date with asthma plans especially when your child has not had an asthmatic episode for a number of weeks and even months however if your child has the diagnosis of asthma the you should always continue with the treatment plans until an asthma nurse or GP has said otherwise.