Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe. In
an asthma attack, symptoms can develop suddenly. It is vital to have an
action plan ready ahead of time.
Seeing a child struggling to breathe can be a frightening
By staying calm you will be better able to reassure the child.
Talk quietly in soft tones. Put the child in a comfortable
position for breathing.
Have the child close his/her eyes.
Have the child take long, slow deep breaths.
Early treatment is vital so keep asthma medications in easy
Give the child an inhaled bronchodilator like albuterol or
proventil immediately. This should help open the bronchial
If possible give the medicine via a nebulizer. If this is not
possible, give two puffs from a measured dose inhaler.
Call for Help: 718-670-1920
Regardless of how a child responds to medication, please call
and report the attack to our around-the-clock telephone hotline.
The hotline can quickly put you in touch with a health care
professional who can provide further instructions or advice over
For Severe Attacks Go To The Emergency Room
In some cases a child may require hospital treatment. If you
feel that the attack is severe, or if the child is not
responding to the medication, take the child to the nearest