When a child has an asthma flare-up, the small airways in the lungs become irritated and swollen, making breathing difficult.
Some asthma flare-ups are mild and others can be severe. It's very important to deal with any kind of asthma flare-up right away. Many kids have a special treatment plan for an asthma flare-up. If you know a child you're caring for has asthma, ask the parents if they have an asthma treatment plan (also called an "asthma action plan"). If they do, and the child has an asthma flare-up, follow the steps in the plan carefully.
Possible signs of a mild asthma flare-up:
Possible signs of a severe asthma flare-up:
If a child shows signs of a severe flare-up, call 911 immediately and then contact the child's parents.
Help prevent asthma flare-ups by:
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: April 2013
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