Knowing the symptoms of an asthma attack and how to treat it will you help you control your child’s asthma.


Asthma symptoms can include coughing, wheezing, trouble breathing, and chest pain.

Watch the video below to see what a sign of trouble breathing looks like in a child.


Treating your child’s asthma is very important. There are different types of treatments for asthma including:

Daily controller medicine: This medicine is taken every day. It helps to stop asthma attacks before they happen. It also reduces swelling in your child’s lungs. This helps to control asthma. A daily controller medicine isn’t used during an asthma attack, because it works too slowly.

Quick-relief medicine: This is for times when you need to treat asthma fast. If your child is coughing, wheezing, having trouble breathing, or feels chest pain, quick-relief medicine will help. It opens airways so that air can flow through them and your child can breathe normally. This medicine is not an every day medicine to control asthma.

Watch How to Use a Spacer

  1. Make sure the child does not have anything in their mouth.
  2. Shake the inhaler and place it into the rubber end of the chamber.
  3. Place the mask over the childs nose and mouth. Make sure there is a good seal.
  4. Spray one puff of medicine into the chamber.
  5. Keep the mask in place for six breaths before taking it away.
  6. Wait one minute between puffs. Repeat these steps for as many puffs as your doctor told you.
  7. Rinse the mouth after each use.
  8. Hand wash the chamber.

Watch How to Use a Nebulizer Machine

  1. Twist off the top of the medicine and squeeze it into the medicine cup.
  2. Connect the mask to the cup.
  3. Connect one end of the tube to the cup and the other end to the machine.
  4. Place the mask around the child’s face using the elastic band.
  5. Turn on the machine. Look for mist inside the mask.
  6. Have the child breath normally.
  7. Tap on the medicine tube every now and then.
  8. When the medicine is empty, remove the mask.