When your child has asthma, you’re always on the watch for a possible asthma attack: coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing and chest tightness. But other more subtle signs of an attack may surprise you.
Watch for these early warning signs in your child, too:
What should you do if your child has these signs? Use a peak-flow meter to see if airways are narrow or blocked. If the peak-flow value is low or other asthma symptoms like wheezing appear, it’s time to use quick-relief, or rescue medicine (called bronchodilators). These drugs help relax the muscles in your child’s airways, making breathing easier.
Make sure you have an Asthma Action Plan outlining what to do when your child’s asthma flares up. Share the plan at your child’s school and with any caregivers, including grandparents and babysitters.
Signs of Worsening Asthma It’s important to keep your child’s asthma under control. Talk with your child’s doctor if your child has any of the signs below, which could indicate worsening asthma:
A change in medicine or other steps might help get your child’s asthma symptoms under control.
Danger signs If your child has any of these symptoms, call 911 right away:
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