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First Aid For You’s tips for Asthma Management

First aid tips for parents to share with teachers and carers:

  • Organise! organise! organise! The last thing you want in an emergency is to have to rush around looking for puffers or medication for your child
  • Clearly prepare your child’s medication – this may include providing a clear container labeled with your child’s name, a picture of your child for easy identification and medication expiry date written on a paper taped to the lid of the container.
  • Make sure the following is inside the container your child; their puffer, spacer, current asthma plan and additional medication required for your child
  • Ensure their medication is on site every day with them and placed conveniently at the school so the appropriate people can access the kit in an emergency
  • Train and educate your child as best as possible to understand how and when their medication is required
  • Question any childcare service that doesn’t insist on asthma plans and providing medication everyday for your child. Be sure your child is protected and you are comfortable with the level of care being provided. The educators must have a comprehensive understanding of how to deal with emergency asthma management
  • Spacers are ‘cool’ and a must for younger children. Remind older children that you are never too old to have one on hand in the event of an asthma attack

Tips for teachers to parents of children with asthma:

  • Continually train and demonstrate any new management techniques learnt
  • Ask parents for demonstration each time a new child brings a puffer/spacer – as each child is different, they may have their own way of taking the medication
  • Ensure that everyone knows where at your school/child care service center the spare or emergency puffer and spacer is on site
  • Consider instigating a “No puffer no play” practice, that all children requiring asthma medication bring to school each day
  • Never hesitate to contact emergency services when a child’s asthma is not as expected or a child is experiencing an asthma attack for the first time
  • During an asthma attack minimise exposure to their trigger (e.g. if the attack has been triggered by smoke outside, if possible, place the child inside to minimise exposure)

Always remain calm, talk and try to focus the child’s breathing. Consider singing, reciting alphabets and nursery rhymes. Ultimately, trying to focus the breathing as you administer the medication.

Written by Mary Dawes Director of First Aid For You
Given the astounding figure that $606 Million is spent by Australians on asthma management, First Aid For You a leading First Aid educational company is encouraging Australians to undertake their an Emergency Management of Asthma Course to be able to identify and provide first aid assistance for someone suffering an asthma attack.
With ONE in TEN Australians suffering from Asthma – the need for education has never been greater. Director of First Aid For You said, “Knowing the signs of an asthma attack is vital and through our course attendees will learn how to identifying the signs and symptoms of asthma, plus much more”.
  • Great tips for everyone – sometimes asthma rears it’s ugly heard in later life and these tips will help then too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • yeah i remember being at school as a kid and this girl had an attack on sports day and didn’t have a puffer. soo scary to watch her struggle for breath. serious stuff

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  • So important asthma management I was ina coma four years ago nearly died

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  • I’m glad my son doesn’t have asthma, it sounds so stressful.

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  • If you have a child with asthma, make sure the people responsible for your child – teachers, child care workers, grandparents.. ALL know what to do if anything should happen!


    • It is so important, as you say, to keep everyone informed

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  • Great tips! Thank you, great read :)

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  • being prepared and letting others know is very important

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  • education on asthma for everyone who comes into contact with it will help the child

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  • Thanks for sharing. My son has slight ashma and i suffer from it too, so being prepared is such an essential day to day thing we need to do

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  • and always inform people too

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  • Such a scary condition, being. Prepared is essential!

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  • thanks for sharing, was a good read

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  • Great advice, thanks for sharing!

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  • thanks for sharing was a great read

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  • Thanks for the tips, helpful as I am a mum of an asthmatic

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