How to Help Your Children Deal with an Asthma Attack

It is helpful for your child’s teachers to know how they can help if your child experiences an asthma attack. Most asthmatic children know from experience what to do and can probably handle the situation themselves. However, in the case of young children or a severe asthma attack, they may need help from a parent or teacher.

Follow these steps at the first sign of an asthma attack:

  • The child should take his reliever medicine promptly. It should be inhaled properly to open up the narrowed airways.
  • Always stay calm and try to reassure the child. Encourage him to breathe slowly and deeply. It may be helpful if he sits upright or leans forward slightly. Don’t lie him down on his back. Talk to him calmly and try to take his mind off the attack. You could offer him a glass of warm water to drink if his mouth becomes very dry. If necessary, loosen the top button on his shirt around his neck.
  • After the attack, it is best if the child continues with their lessons and normal activities as soon as possible, rather than being excused lessons to lie down and rest.

When to summon help
You should call a doctor and seek immediate medical care if:

  • After five to ten minutes the reliever medicine has no effect.
  • The child is becoming exhausted and distressed, and is unable to talk.
  • You have any doubts whatsoever about the condition of the child.

Note: Children sometimes play with their friends’ inhalers and spray them around. Obviously, this behavior should be discouraged. Children should be taught that rescue inhalers are not toys and should only be used in case of an emergency.

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