Asthma is a very common illness, and it’s becoming even more common worldwide due to the increasing pollution and other environmental factors. It’s most common between the ages of 5-35 years, and children are the most susceptible age group.
Asthma attacks can be terrifying for those involved, and we should all be able to notice some of the signs of an attack taking place – including children.
Here are some tips on how to spot an asthma attack and what to do
How to identify an asthma attack
- Cough and wheezing
- Difficulty breathing and the face turns blue in color
- Difficulty walking, talking or playing. A need to sit and a fainting sensation.
- Pale and sweaty appearance, as if the child is feeling sick or nauseous.
- Chest pains or pressure over the chest.
Tell your child to do the following when they see a friend suffering from the previous symptoms
- Tell a teacher
- Try to get the person suffering the attack to sit upright
- Try to keep your friend calm
- Try to take your friend out from crowded areas
- If your friend has an inhaler, help them take a puff. If that doesn’t work, you should call an ambulance as quickly as possible.
There are some basic guidelines for parents who have a child with asthma and is going to school for the first time
- Get to know your child’s teachers and the people responsible over your child during break time.
- Make sure your child has an inhaler ready and notify the teacher of this.
- Make sure the teacher or school nurse knows about your child’s condition.
- Make sure your child’s teachers have all the necessary contact information in case of an emergency.
- Make sure your child knows if they’re having an asthma attack and when to tell the teacher about it.
- Take your child to see a doctor before first day of school and get the prescribed medications.