Your child’s asthma action plan

Find out what happens at a routine annual asthma review and how to get the best from your child’s appointment.

What is an asthma action plan?

An asthma action plan is a written plan with all the information you need about your child’s asthma in one place. It helps you to look after your child’s asthma well.

You should fill out the plan with your child’s GP or nurse. Your child’s asthma action plan will:

  • remind you what to do every day to keep your child well 
  • show you what symptoms to watch for 
  • tell you what to do if their asthma gets worse 
  • tell you what to do if your child has an asthma attack. 

What are the benefits of an asthma action plan?

Using an asthma action plan is one of the best things you can do to help your child stay well with their asthma.

Using your child’s asthma action plan will help to:

  • reduce emergency visits to the doctor and hospital 
  • improve your child’s asthma symptoms 
  • improve your child’s quality of life. 

Where can I get an asthma action plan?

It’s really easy to get an asthma action plan. You can download one for free from our shop.

  1. Download or print an action plan.
  2. Take this to your child’s next GP appointment.
  3. Fill out the plan with their GP or nurse.

When your child is over 12, they might want to use our adult asthma action plan

Get the best from your child’s action plan

1. Let your child fill in their action plan with the GP or nurse

If your child is old enough, let them fill out the action plan with their GP or nurse. This will help them to understand their asthma from a young age.

2. Keep your child’s action plan where you can see it

If you have a printed copy, stick it on the fridge or pin it to a noticeboard. You can also save a digital copy on your phone.

3. Share your child’s action plan with others

Share your child’s action plan with teachers, family, friends, and carers. This will make sure anyone looking after your child understands how to look after their asthma.

4. Use other resources alongside the action plan

As well as your child’s asthma action plan, you can use our calendar and stickers to help you and your child track their asthma symptoms.

Get support

Call our Helpline for support with your condition. Get advice on your medicines, symptoms or travelling with a lung condition, or just call us to say hello.

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