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Asthma In Children

Recognizing When An Attack Is Coming

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 17:26

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Children will learn to recognize when an attack may be coming. Here are some of the most common signs:

  • A change in breathing pattern
  • A runny, stuffy nose
  • A cough
  • Feeling or looking tired
  • An itchy, scratchy throat
  • Headache
  • Bad mood
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Stomachache

These are the signs of a more serious attack:

  • The child has great trouble breathing. The chest sinks in, and the stomach pushes out quickly as the child strains to breathe.
  • The child can't talk.
  • The child finds it hard to walk or to eat.
  • Lips or fingers may look blue.
  • Rescue medication doesn't improve the child's breathing within 15 minutes.
  • A dose of rescue medication works at first, but the asthma comes back in less than 24 hours.
  • The readings of the peak flow meter stays in the red zone after using rescue medications.

Asthma In Children