Did you know an estimated 59,000 children in Wales have asthma and that in 2021/22, 852
children ended up in hospital with life threatening asthma attacks?
We at Asthma + Lung UK Cymru would like your support in raising awareness among your
school community, so everyone knows what to do if a child has an asthma attack.
Recognise the signs of an asthma attack
An asthma attack happens when a child’s asthma symptoms get much worse. This can happen quite
suddenly or can build up gradually over a few days.
A child might find it hard to breathe, breathe more quickly, be unable to talk or walk or eat. They might
wheeze and cough a lot, complain of a tight chest or a tummy ache and be unusually quiet. They also
might say their blue reliever inhaler isn’t helping, or they need it more than every four hours.
If a child needs to use their blue reliever inhaler three or more times a week, it’s a sign that their
asthma is not well controlled.
We encourage parents to download and fill out a school asthma card. A school asthma
card includes contact details and essential information about a child’s asthma.
Please click on the image below to download your card for school.