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Asthma - coping with an asthma attack

Recommended steps to follow in an asthma attack (for both children and adults)

  • Use their reliever inhaler (usually blue) immediately.
  • Sit them down and ensure that any tight clothing is loosened. Do not lie down.
  • If no immediate improvement during an attack, continue to take one puff of their reliever inhaler every minute for five minutes or until symptoms improve.
  • If their symptoms do not improve in five minutes, or you are in doubt, call 999 or a doctor urgently.
  • Continue to take one puff of their reliever inhaler every minute until help arrives.