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When should you call 911 for an asthma attack?

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Call 911 if you are:

  • Having a hard time breathing
  • Constantly coughing
  • Unable to talk, eat, or play
  • Vomiting
  • Turning blue in the lips or fingers
  • Convulsing while breathing (using stomach muscles excessively to breathe)

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “When to Go to the ER if Your Child Has Asthma.”

St. Louis Children’s Hospital: “Asthma Can Be Controlled.”

DC Asthma Action Plan.

National Asthma Council Australia: “First Aid for Asthma.”

Handal, K. , Little, Brown and Company, 1992. The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement: “Emergency and Inpatient Management of Asthma Emergency Room Management.”

eMedicineHealth: “Asthma in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “When to Go to the ER if Your Child Has Asthma.”

St. Louis Children’s Hospital: “Asthma Can Be Controlled.”

DC Asthma Action Plan.

National Asthma Council Australia: “First Aid for Asthma.”

Handal, K. , Little, Brown and Company, 1992. The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement: “Emergency and Inpatient Management of Asthma Emergency Room Management.”

eMedicineHealth: “Asthma in Children.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 09, 2018

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