When a child has an asthma flare-up, the small airways in the lungs become irritated and swollen, making breathing difficult.
Some asthma flare-ups are mild and others can be severe. Still, it's very important to deal with both types of flare-ups right away.
Possible signs and symptoms of a mild asthma flare-up:
- chest tightness
Possible signs and symptoms of a severe asthma flare-up:
- trouble breathing even when sitting still
- difficult speaking without pausing
- feeling tired or drowsy
- blueness around the lips
- the areas below the child's ribs, between the ribs, and in the neck sink in with each breath
If a child has asthma flare-ups, follow the asthma treatment plan the parents gave you.
If a child shows signs of a severe flare-up, call 911 immediately, and then contact the child's parents.
Help prevent asthma flare-ups by:
- encouraging the child to avoid doing things that trigger flare-ups
- keeping track of the child's asthma medicine schedule
- keeping inhalers or other medicine where you can find them, just in case an attack happens
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: October 2010
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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