Breathlessness in children

11) Altered breathing pattern versus asthma?

How do you identify the source of your child’s breathlessness?

  • If your child is breathless – sit them down.
  • Zone into their breathing and note what they are feeling.
  • Carry out your child’s breathing control exercises for 2 minutes.
  • If they still feel breathless follow their asthma action plan and help them to take their usual dose of blue reliever inhaler.
  • If your child feels better after your breathing control exercises, it may have been normal breathlessness or their altered breathing pattern.
  • If they feel better after their reliever inhaler then it was their asthma.
  • If they don’t feel better after both, follow their asthma action plan and seek medical review and advice.
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