Parents avoid the emergency room as often as possible, but if you are the parent of a child with asthma, it’s important to know when the ER is the right choice.
When the following symptoms are showing up the answer to the question of when should I seek emergency medical attention is NOW.
- If your child is wheezing constantly.
- If they are using their inhaler repeatedly after severe asthma symptoms but they are return again quickly.
- If a long-lasting cough is not responding to inhaled quick-relief medicine.
- If you notice any changes in the color of your child, such as a blueish or grayish appearance in your child’s skin, lips or fingernails.
- If your child is having difficulty speaking because of a shortness of breath and unable to speak full sentences.
- If you notice, during inhalation, that the neck and areas in between below the ribs are pulling in, which is known as refraction, an emergency visit is a must, as well.
Be sure to always keep your child’s asthma medication stocked and easily available. Always take asthma seriously and you should be able to greatly reduce your risk of taking a trip to the Emergency Room.