Asthma Safety

Asthma Safety

The term Asthma means a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. We tend to know it as a ‘wheeze’ or breathing restriction that affects exercise and sometimes needs medication like an inhaler or even steroids to ensure sufficient breathing capacity.

The majority of children with asthma spend periods of time appearing to breathe quite normally and then occasions when they have an ‘attack’ which can be quite severe and sometimes very scary. There are some distinct risk factors for asthma, such as preterm birth, and there are some asthma patients who are at greater risk of complications and even hospitalisation under certain conditions, such as when contracting flu. Asthma status in a patient also changes over time.

For all of these reasons and more, it is important that your child has what UK National Guidelines describe as Basic Care.

Ensuring Child Safety with Basic Care

Basic care involves three key elements, as set out in the UK national guidelines. These are:

An annual asthma check-up


A written asthma action plan


Lesson in how to use an inhaler

As a paediatrician with an interest in respiratory management and neonatologist in particular, I routinely follow up my ex-preterm infants, as they are at higher risk of more severe problems but recommend all children with recurrent wheeze or asthma, however mild, follow the basic guidelines. Even mild asthma becomes a serious condition when a child is facing the sort of flu we have seen this year. The UK and the US have both seen unnecessary deaths recently and this reinforces the importance of being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency.

Request an Asthma Check Up

If you have not had a recent Asthma check up or are unsure about an action plan or how to properly use an inhaler, especially in more emergency situations, you would be well-advised to make an appointment with your paediatrician.

My own existing parents or indeed new ones can utilise the form below or book online directly (below this form).

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