- Starting treatment early is key and may prevent the need for a hospital admission and the distress this can be for you and your child.
- As soon as you see the symptoms of a cold, infection or a known trigger start using your child’s reliever (blue) inhaler 2-4 puffs every 4 hours for around 4 days when their symptoms are at their worst.
- You may have been given an asthma plan for your child which will tell you what to do if they are feeling worse or if you notice they are wheezing. If you do not have an asthma plan, ask about this at your next appointment.
- If they are on a preventer inhaler they should continue to use this as normal.
If there is no improvement or you are worried about your child make an appointment to see their GP or nurse for review – there are out of hours GP services or A&E, day or night – no one should delay seeking medical advice if you are worried.
- Examples of asthma plans:
- Teenage asthma plan (NHS Scotland 2015) [.pdf, 41 KB]
- Child asthma plan (NHS Scotland 2015) [.pdf, 40 KB]