My child has asthma
Having a child with asthma can be frightening for parents and carers, but with good knowledge and management, it can usually be well controlled.
Asthma in young children is one of the most common causes of hospital admission and visits to the doctor in this age group. It’s not easy to diagnose asthma at this age, as there are many different reasons for wheezing and coughing. Read more information about diagnosing asthma.
Once diagnosis is decided, treatment is often with trials of different doses of medication. The aim of good asthma management is to ensure that children can lead a normal healthy life, while taking only as much medication as is needed to keep them well, and avoid asthma flare-ups. It will help you to know how your child’s medication works, and how it needs to be taken. Look up the medicine in our Asthma Medicine Chart.
Flare-ups do happen, and in children they are most often caused by colds and flu, which are almost impossible to avoid. Every child with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan which explains how to recognise worsening asthma, and what to do about it.
You should also learn asthma first aid , and you or your child should have a blue reliever puffer with them at all times.
Children can also spend periods of time away from home. It is important that the people around your child are aware if they have asthma, know how to recognise symptoms and what to do in an emergency. Parents can provide friends and family with a copy of their child’s asthma action plan and asthma first aid information to help them be prepared.
Children’s services and schools play an important role in supporting children with asthma, and they can also access resources and training [link to Training section?] through their local Asthma Foundation.