What to Do In An Emergency
Asthma Online Training Slide 9
- Notice the signs & symptoms
- Try to keep calm
- Medicate as prescribed
- If trouble walking or talking due to shortness of breath or fingernails or lips become blue CALL FOR AN AMBULANCE THEN CALL THE PARENT(S)
- Do NOT leave child alone
By knowing the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack a person is better able to react as soon as possible to try and relieve the symptoms or know when it is time get help.
In the event that a child does have an asthma attack try to keep calm, and try to keep the child calm. An asthma attack can be a very fearful experience. A child is already breathing fast due to the difficulty in taking in air, fear for themselves and sensed fear from others may only make the situation worse and increase their difficulty in breathing.
Keep them as calm as possible and have them take their prescribed medication.
If the medication does not work and the child begins to have trouble walking or talking due to shortness of breath or it is observed that the fingernails or lips are becoming blue due to an excessive lack of oxygen coming into the lungs and into the body, go to the hospital or call for an ambulance.
(National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, 2003)