Warning signs of an asthma attack

7) Treating an asthma attack


Give your child 10 puffs of their blue reliever inhaler through a spacer device. You would expect to see some relief after 10 minutes. If your child is still struggling after this dose call 999 for an ambulance and continue to give a puff of their reliever inhaler every minute until help arrives.

If the 10 puffs dose is working and your child is responding you should still arrange an urgent medical review at either your GP or NHS 24 (phone 111) depending on the time of day. Stay with the child , give reassurance and continue to observe them until fully recovered.

You are usually able to wait a short time to be seen if needed as you have caught your child’s symptoms quickly and have given them the appropriate first aid treatment.