This section is intended for clinicians caring for children with asthma in a hospital or tertiary care setting. It outlines examples of best practice in the assessment, treatment and ongoing management of children and young people with asthma in an acute setting.
If a child has a personalised asthma action plan they are four times less likely to have an asthma attack that requires emergency hospital treatment. The plan should have information on triggers; what the medicines do (preventers/and relievers); how and when to take treatment; current treatment; how to spot asthma getting worse (symptoms and peak expiratory flow); what treatment to take in an emergency; how and when to call for help.
Parents should be encouraged to share with their child’s school and any activity clubs where they are members
Please see examples here:
The Great Ormond Street asthma plan has been translated into Arabic, Greek, Turkish and Bengali. Asthma UK’s Asthma Action plan for >12 years old have also been translated into 11 additional languages here.