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Suggestions for Follow Up of an Acute Asthma Attack

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about follow-up care after an asthma attack. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse practitioner to go over any information you do not understand.

How should I take care of my child at home?

Although your child has received medications to relieve his/her breathing problems and the discomfort he/she is feeling, you can do several things to reduce the chance for he/she to have another asthma episode and make your child more comfortable.

  1.  Follow any special instructions your doctor or nurse has given you.
  2.  Give your child’s controller medicine daily (green zone on Asthma Action Plan). Watch your child take his/her inhaled medication to make sure he/she is doing it correctly. Put the medicine by his/her tooth brush to remind him/her to take it daily and rinse his/her mouth out after taking the medication. This should help your child not have breathing problems. Call your child’s doctor if you think your child’s medicine is not working or having side effects.
  3.  Encourage room temperature liquids such as water, juice or Kool-Aid.
  4.  Keep your child fairly quiet the first six to eight hours, and then slowly start normal activities.
  5. Keep your child away from his/her known triggers plus cigarette smoke, strong perfumes and aerosol sprays that can cause his/her to have breathing problems. If you are not sure what you child’s specific triggers are, write down where and what your child was doing when he/she began to have trouble breathing and what action you had to take.
  6.  Protect your child from getting respiratory infections. Keep him/her from people with colds and the flu. Ask your child’s doctor about giving him/her flu and pneumonia shots.
  7.  Return to see your child’s doctor (primary and/or specialist) for his/her follow-up visit(s). Take your child’s asthma diary, medication and Asthma Action Plan with you.
  8. If your child is not getting better on his/her controller medication, he/she may develop acute (sudden) breathing problems. Give your child’s reliever (rescue) medicine as directed as soon as he/she is having early warning signs such as cough, wheeze, chest tightness, wakes up at night (yellow zone on Asthma Action Plan). If not better after 24 hours or symptoms get worse then call your doctor.
  9.  Give your child reliever medication as directed if he/she is having late warning signs such as breathing hard and fast, nose opens wide, can’t walk or talk or ribs/neck sinks in. Call your doctor and take your child to the emergency department or Call 911 if your child turns pale or blue gray around the lips. The emergency doctor will contact your doctor.

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Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2010
Revisado: 2001, 2004, 2007

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2010
Reviewed: 2001, 2004, 2007


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