During an asthma flare-up (or attack), the airways in the lungs become irritated and swollen, making breathing harder.
Some flare-ups are mild, but others can be life-threatening. So it's important to know how to spot them and deal with them right away.
Signs & Symptoms
Of an asthma flare-up include:
shortness of breath
Of a severe asthma flare-up include:
trouble breathing even when sitting still
difficulty speaking without pausing
feeling tired or drowsy
blueness around the lips
the areas below the ribs, between the ribs, and in the neck sink in with each breath
What to Do
Doctors usually give patients a detailed asthma action plan that includes how to prevent and handle flare-ups. If your child has an asthma flare-up, follow the plan's treatment guidelines. Because each child's asthma is different, each action plan will be too.
Get Emergency Medical Care or Call 911 if Your Child:
begins to show signs of a severe flare-up
has a flare-up that enters the danger zone (red zone) of the asthma action plan