Asthma is a condition that affects and inflames the airways, making it difficult to manage normal breathing. There are many asthma triggers such as dust, pet fur and house dust



If its the infant’s or child’s first attack then contact emergency services immediately and be prepared to carry out basic life support



  • Breathless (grasping for breath)
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Bouts of coughing
  • Cyanosis (Grey/blue lips and skin)
  • May become unconscious


  • Assist them to sit down
  • Ensure use of their medication (reliever inhaler) and follow personal action plan
  • Reassure them
  • If the attack is prolonged contact the emergency services
  • Be prepared to carry out basic life support