Warning signs of an asthma attack

8) When you take your child to a doctor

Child/ girl being shown how to use volumatic inhaler to treat asthma. Mother and nurse.

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  • When seen by the doctor or nurse, ensure your child has their oxygen level checked.
  • They also need to have the air entry to their lungs checked with a stethoscope as part of the review.
  • They are highly likely to need a course of oral steroids (prednisolone) to settle down the inflammations.


This cannot and must not be done over the phone – a doctor or nurse practitioner needs to review and assess your child in person.