When an asthma attack occurs, it is important to be able to assess the severity. Below is a checklist of asthma symptoms for mild, moderate, and severe attacks.
|Mild difficulty in breathing||Obvious difficulty in breathing, using stomach muscles to breathe, child may complain of a "sore tummy".|
Caving in and around rib cage
|Great difficulty in breathing with short, quick breaths|
"Sucking In" at the throat and chest
Very distressed and anxious
Pale and sweaty
May have blue lips
|Soft wheeze||Loud wheeze||Often no wheeze|
|Dry cough||Persistent cough||Persistent cough|
|No difficulty speaking in sentences||Speaks in short sentences only||Speaks no more than a few words in one breath|
Responding to Asthma Symptoms - Asthma First Aid
Follow your child’s Asthma Action Plan if any of the above symptoms occur. If you do not have an asthma action plan for your child, follow the Standard Asthma First Aid Plan 2 listed below.
If you are concerned, have any doubts, or your child is experiencing SEVERE symptoms seek medical attention immediately: DIAL 000
The Standard Asthma First Aid Plan
- Sit the child upright and reassure. Do not leave the child alone.
- Give 4 separate puffs of a blue reliever puffer, Asmol, Ventolin, Airomir or Epaq, one puff at a time through a spacer, with 4 breaths in between each puff. Use the blue puffer on its own if a spacer is not available.
- Wait four minutes
- If there is little or no improvement, repeat steps 2 and 3.