Asthma in Children

Children’s Asthma

Asthma is a very common lung disease in Ireland. During an asthma attack there is a build up of CO2 in their system and their breathing is resulting in a wheeze. They have no problem breathing in but they cannot breath out. This results in carbon dioxide building up and they can get very tired and exhausted.



  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Anxious



  • Sit the casualty down and put them at rest
  • Put their elbows resting on the table
  • Loosen any tight clothing
  • Ensure that there is fresh air i.e open a window, door etc.
  • Encourage them to administer their inhaler
  • Encourage them to breath slowly and deeply
  • If there is a positive result from the inhaler, give them another dose from the inhaler and tell them to breath slowly and deeply
  • If the inhaler is not having any affect and their lips start to go blue, and they are struggling for breath – CALL 112/999
  • Don’ be afraid to call for help as this is a life threatening condition