Most people unsure how to help a child having an asthma attack

Today is World Asthma Day, and scary new figures show us adults aren’t prepared for when a child has an asthma attack

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Nearly nine out of 10 people don’t feel totally confident in knowing what to do when a child suffers an asthma attack. The stats come from a survey of more than 2,200 people, released to mark World Asthma Day, May 4.

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“The complacency that exists about asthma in the UK is shocking and dangerous and cannot continue.

“Every member of the public needs to know the signs of worsening asthma and what steps to take if someone suffers an asthma attack.

“Not acting quickly enough can result in needless deaths that shatter lives,” said Neil Churchill, chief executive of Asthma UK, which released the stats.

In the UK, 1.1 million children under 15 have asthma, reports the Telegraph.

This World Asthma Day, Asthma UK is urging any and all people who care for children to carry an Asthma Attack Card, and for those who suffer asthma to have a Personal Asthma Action Plan.

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Asthma UK is also fundraising this week, from May 1 to May 9. Check out how to get involved in the fundraising campaign, Putting Asthma in the Limelight.

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