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Childhood Asthma

Asthma is the most common long term condition in children.  Symptoms of asthma in children include:

  • chest tightness
  • coughing
  • difficulty breathing
  • wheezing

Symptoms of an asthma attack in children:

  • Their reliever inhaler (usually blue) isn’t helping, and/or
  • They can’t talk or walk easily and/or
  • They’re breathing hard and fast and/or
  • They’re coughing or wheezing a lot and/or
  • They complain of a tummy ache and/or chest ache

What to do if your child is having an asthma attack:

  1. Help them take a puff of their reliever inhaler (usually blue) every 30–60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 puffs
  2. Help them to sit up straight and stay calm
  3. Call 999 for an ambulance if:
    – their symptoms get worse while they’re using their inhaler
    – they don’t feel better after 10 puffs
    – you’re worried at any time, even if they haven’t yet taken 10 puffs.
  4. While you wait for the ambulance, reassure your child. Repeat step 2 if the ambulance takes longer than 15 minutes.

Child Asthma Resources

There are lots of help and resources available if your child has been diagnosed with asthma.

Asthma UK - has a range of guidance, information and videos for children:

Monkey Wellbeing - this website has lots of helpful resources for younger children about asthma and what they are likely to experience if they have an asthma attack and need to visit a hospital:

Asthma Inhaler Techniques