An asthma attack happens when a child can’t get enough air into their lungs, they may cough and wheeze. The checklist below will help you understand what is happening and what action to take.
- Stay with them and send someone to get their spacer and inhaler.
- Reassure your child and try to keep them calm.
- Sit them up and slightly forward.
- Spray one puff of their inhaler and then get them to take five breaths.
- Get them to repeat this up to 10 times if needed.
- If there is no improvement, call an ambulance.
- If the ambulance hasn’t arrived and they are still short of breath repeat the steps above.
- Get expert advice to help your child get better faster with Asthma UK’s Asthma Attack Recovery Plan for Children.