When a child suffers an asthmatic attack it is often caused by a combination of different factors. The child may have been exposed to substances he or she is intolerant to while also suffering from a viral infection, spending time in cold weather or having exercise-induced asthma.
The initial stages of asthma disease in children, especially a severe asthma attack with breathing difficulty, can cause the most worry. That is why it is important not to panic!
Support your child during the asthma attack by acting calmly and rationally. Follow this advice from St Johns Ambulance:
What you need to do - Asthma attacks
Many children will suffer with asthma attacks especially during the night, early in the morning, after intense exercise or when he or she has been inhaling a substance irritating the airways.
Some people describe their asthma attacks like chest pressure or like a rope being tightly tied around the chest. Breathing is often whistling or wheezing like during an attack. A prolonged, irritated cough and an increased production of viscous mucus usually also occur.
No child should feel bad because of asthma. Today there are good treatments available that make sure that most children never have to suffer asthma attacks.
UK/GEN/15/0056b Date of preparation: December 2015