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My asthma advice

Common asthma triggers

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

Useful tips

It is important to take your treatment as directed by your doctor or nurse.

Remember to bring your medications, spacer and asthma plan with you when you visit your doctor or nurse.

  • Take a photo of your asthma plan and 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 Medicines for Children website for advice on how to use inhalers.

You can contact the Asthma Team on 0114 271 7414.

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.

⚠️ 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
  • photo of a spacer device used with an inhaler to relieve asthma symptomsneed my reliever more than 3 times a week

I must continue taking my regular daily medicines and also start taking my reliever inhaler.

If the blue 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).

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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: RSP11

Resource Type: Article

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