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My asthma plan

Your name:

Asthma or Practice Nurse name: Consultant name:

Date issued: Date of next review:

How to contact your Asthma Team: 0114 271 7414

Always remember

Information:

It is important to take your treatment as directed by your doctor or nurse.
Bring your medications, spacer and asthma plan with you when you visit your doctor or nurse.

To get the most out of this plan

  • Take a photo, stick it on the fridge
  • Let your school know you have asthma
  • Make sure you have a reliever inhaler and spacer available in school.

See the simplified version of the generic advice in this resource at the Sheffield Children’s Resource Library.

My triggers are

Colds or viruses
Weather changes
Cigarette smoke
Air pollution
Dust mites
Pollen
Exercise

List other triggers which make your asthma worse.

My asthma is good if I:
  • have no cough    •  have no wheeze   •  can play or exercise as usual   •  am sleeping well   •  am going to school

To keep my asthma under control I need to take my treatment every day.

Preventer:      Dose:

Additional medication:

Reliever:     Dose: – I only need my reliever inhaler very occasionally.

⚠️ Parents and carers: Your child is at risk of a life threatening attack if they do not take their medications as prescribed.

My asthma is not as good if I:
  • cough, especially at night   •  wheeze    •  have chest tightness    •  feel breathless   •  am unable to play
  • have difficulty sleeping   •  need my reliever more than 3 times a weekphoto of a spacer device used with an inhaler to relieve asthma symptoms

I must continue taking my regular daily medicines and also start taking:

My reliever: – 2 to 4 puffs every 4 hours using the spacer.

If the reliever inhaler is not lasting for 4 hours – move to the red plan now!

⚠️ Parents and carers: If your child still feels unwell after 24 hours, you need to make an urgent appointment with your GP practice or Out of Hours service. 

I am having an asthma attack if I am:
  • struggling to breathe  •  coughing a lot, feel tight and wheezy in my chest  •  unable to walk or speak in full sentences

If I am needing my reliever more often than every 4 hours, I should tell an adult immediately.

I must take 1 puff of my reliever every 30 to 60 seconds up to 10 puffs. I should then see my GP or go to my local hospital Emergency Department that day, even if I start to feel better.

⚠️ If there is no improvement by 10 minutes I must seek emergency medical advice (call 999).⚠️


Discharge advice

After hospital admissions and Emergency Department visits:

I need to take my reliever using my spacer.

  • 6 puffs every 4 hours for 24 hours
  • 4 puffs every 4 to 6 hours for 24 hours
  • 2 puffs every to 6 hours until I am well

Other treatment:

I need to arrange to see my GP within 2 days (48 hours) after I have been discharged from hospital.

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Disclaimer

Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: RSP10

Resource Type: Article

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