Asthma in Children - When to Call a Doctor
Call911or other emergency services immediately if:
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
- Your child's symptoms do not get better after following his or her asthma action plan.
- Your child has new or worse trouble breathing.
- Your child's coughing and wheezing get worse.
- Your child coughs up dark brown or bloody mucus (sputum).
- Your child has a new or higher fever.
Call your doctor if:
- Your child needs to use quick-relief medicine on more than 2 days a week (unless it is just for exercise).
- Your child coughs more deeply or more often, especially if there is more mucus or a change in the color of the mucus.
- Your child has asthma and his or her PEF has been getting worse for 2 to 3
If you think your child has asthma
If your child has not been diagnosed with asthma but has
asthma symptoms, call your doctor and make an appointment for an evaluation.
Watchful waiting is a period of
time during which you and your doctor observe your child's symptoms or
condition without using medical treatment.
If you think your child
has asthma, watchful waiting is not appropriate. See your doctor.
If your child has been getting treatment for 1 to 3 months and is not
improving, ask your doctor whether the child needs to see a specialist (allergist or
Watchful waiting may be
appropriate if your child follows his or her
asthma action plan and stays within the
green zone. Monitor your child's symptoms, and
continue to avoid
Who to see
Health professionals who can diagnose
and treat asthma include:
Your child may need to see a specialist (an
pulmonologist) if he or she:
moderate persistent to severe persistent
- Has other medical conditions that make it hard to treat
- Needs more education or has difficulty following the asthma
- Is not meeting the goals of treatment after several months of
- Has had a life-threatening asthma
skin testing for allergies.