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When your child has asthma, you’re always on the watch for a possible asthma attack: coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing and chest tightness. But you should also be on the lookout for these more subtle signs of an attack:
What should you do if your child has these signs? If your doctor has discussed use of a peak-flow meter to monitor asthma symptoms, use it to see if your peak-flow value is low compared to normal, or if other asthma symptoms like wheezing appear, it’s time to use quick-relief, or rescue medicine (called bronchodilators ). These drugs help relax the muscles in your child’s airways, making breathing easier.
Make sure you have an Asthma Action Plan outlining what to do when your child’s asthma flares up. Share the plan at your child’s school and with any caregivers, including grandparents and babysitters.
Signs of worsening asthma It’s important to keep your child’s asthma under control. A change in medicine or other steps might help get your child’s asthma symptoms under control. Talk with your child’s doctor if your child has any of the signs below, which could indicate worsening asthma:
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Originally published: June 30, 2016
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