Having a child with asthma can be very stressful. It is hard to know when an ER visit is necessary. Emergency care doctors such as Dr. Josyann Abisaab recommend you prepare for such a visit in advance, and become familiar with the symptoms that need emergency care. Some of them are:
- If your child’s coloring changes; blue or gray lips and/or fingernails.
- If your child has difficulty talking.
- If your child’s peak flow reading drops below 50% and does not improve with medication.
- If your child repeatedly uses rescue medications for severe flare-up symptoms which do not go away after five or ten minutes or return quickly.
- If the areas between the ribs, below the ribs and in the neck pull in dramatically while your child inhales.