Urgent medical help – call 111 within New Zealand and ask for an ambulance if your child is:
- having severe difficulty breathing
- too breathless to talk
- floppy and very tired
- is becoming less responsive
- getting blue lips and tongue
- stopping breathing
- not responding to their reliever inhaler medication.
While waiting for an ambulance follow your child's asthma action plan and use a short-acting reliever if you have one. Sit your child down and try to stay calm, give 6 puffs of reliever through a spacer, taking 6 breaths for each puff. Repeat this every 6 minutes until your child improves or until help arrives.