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An asthma attack can be very scary, for both you and your child, but it will be easier if you are well prepared. Using medication and avoiding triggers can reduce the chances of an attack, but you still need to know what to do if it happens. Your respiratory paediatrician will ensure you know exactly how to respond.
Every child with asthma will have an action plan that sets out the steps you should take during an attack. It is vital to ensure that you understand this plan and that your child’s inhaler is always available in case it is needed, wherever you are. Although the action plan will be personalised for your child, it will typically involve the following steps:
An asthma attack can be very serious, so it is always important to see your respiratory paediatrician after one happens. However, in some cases it is necessary to seek urgent care. You should call an ambulance during an asthma attack if:
You don’t have to wait until you’ve completed the action plan to call an ambulance. If you think that your child needs urgent medical attention, you should phone 999 right away rather than waiting until you’ve delivered ten puffs from the inhaler. It’s always better to be safe and call for help, so don’t worry that you might be overreacting or wasting anyone’s time. An asthma attack is a real emergency that requires quick action. Even if you are able to control the symptoms at home, your child will still need to see their doctor afterwards.