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What to do if your child has an Asthma Attack

Did you know an estimated 59,000 children in Wales have asthma and that in 2021/22, 852 children ended up in hospital with life threatening asthma attacks?


Asthma + Lung UK Cymru would like your support in raising awareness among your school community, so everyone knows what to do if a child has an asthma attack.


Recognise the signs of an asthma attack

An asthma attack happens when a child’s asthma symptoms get much worse.

This can happen quite suddenly or can build up gradually over a few days.

A child might find it hard to breathe, breathe more quickly, be unable to talk or walk or eat.

They might wheeze and cough a lot, complain of a tight chest or a tummy ache and be unusually quiet. They also might say their blue reliever inhaler isn’t helping, or they need it more than every four hours. If a child needs to use their blue reliever inhaler three or more times a week, it’s a sign that their asthma is not well controlled.


About us

Asthma + Lung UK Cymru is the only charity in Wales fighting for everyone with a lung condition, aiming for a world where everyone can breathe with healthy lungs. We fund research. We provide advice and support for the 1 in 5 people who will get a lung condition during their lifetime. We campaign for clean air and for better NHS diagnosis and treatment.


Please visit their website for more details


If your child does have Asthma, please make sure the school is aware and complete an Asthma Card- available from the school office. Speak to your child's class teacher or Mrs Miller (ALNCo).