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What do I do if a school-aged child has an asthma attack at my house?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Asthma

Obtain an asthma action plan from the child's parent, find out what triggers the asthma and keep them away from it at your home, and require them to have their rescue inhalers whenever they visit your home.
Worst case scenario, call 911 if they have an attack and you are unsure what to do.

In brief: Asthma

Obtain an asthma action plan from the child's parent, find out what triggers the asthma and keep them away from it at your home, and require them to have their rescue inhalers whenever they visit your home.
Worst case scenario, call 911 if they have an attack and you are unsure what to do.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
it also depends on how old the child is, being 7 is very different than 15, but any child who has significant risk for asthma should have a rescue inhaler with them, and know how to use it. It would be great for the parents to prepare you, but that doesn't always happen. Call 911 for anything you do not feel comfortable with. However, it also might be a good idea for you to take a first aid course
Dr. Katharine Garnier
and possibly basic life support if you have children, especially if they have friends over frequently, that would help prepare you for a number of possible emergencies.
Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Plan ahead

It is best to know something about asthma and how to use inhalers, and to be sure that the child has their rescue medication and asthma action plan with them when visiting your home.
The parents should also explain what to do before the child starts visiting your home on a regular basis, so you're prepared for whatever might happen., .

In brief: Plan ahead

It is best to know something about asthma and how to use inhalers, and to be sure that the child has their rescue medication and asthma action plan with them when visiting your home.
The parents should also explain what to do before the child starts visiting your home on a regular basis, so you're prepared for whatever might happen., .
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