Warning signs of an asthma attack

3) Spotting asthma warning signs

Asthma attacks do not usually happen without warning. Most children have early warning signs.

  • You might see these a day or two before the asthma flares up.
  • You should start treating your child’s asthma as soon as you see the following warning signs.
  • Most parents of children with asthma can spot their warning signs easily and can take action quickly to stop a flare up from becoming too bad.
  • If your child has a cough or cold, using Salbutamol can help to prevent this getting worse.
Spotting early warning signs
  • Pale.
  • Dark circles at their eyes.
  • Flushed face.
  • Not eating as well as usual.
  • Reluctant to leave you/ clingy.
  • Crying / tearful.
  • More irritable than usual.
  • Restless and won’t sit still.
  • Small annoying type cough.
  • Quiet mild wheeze.
  • Runny nose.
  • Tired.
  • Mood changes.
  • Change in face colour.
  • Itchy, watery eyes.
  • Itchy, scratchy or sore throat.
  • Stroking chin or throat.
  • Sneezing.
  • Headache.
  • Temperature.
  • Chronic cough, especially at night.