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What should you do if your child is showing symptoms of an asthma attack?

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If your child is showing symptoms of an asthma attack:

  • Give your child his/her reliever (bronchodilator) medicine according to the asthma action plan.
  • Wait five to fifteen minutes. If the symptoms disappear, your child should be able to resume whatever activity he/she was doing. If symptoms persist, follow your child's asthma action plan for further therapy. If your child fails to improve or you are not sure what action to take, call your child's doctor.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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