Action plans

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:

  National asthma and wheeze management plan

  Asthma UK child action plan

 My asthma wheeze plan –

 Asthma action plan – St Georges Hospital 

 Asthma action plan – 5 years and over – Whittington Health

 Asthma plan – Northwick Park Hospital

 Eczema plan – Northwick Park Hospital

 Acute asthma and wheeze personal action plan – South East Coast SCN

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.

Dr Reena Bhatt and Dr Eugenia Lee walk you through how to complete an asthma action planwatch here.


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