Experts offer tips for asthma attacks

(09/01/10) BROOKLYN - In the wake of an 11-year-old girl dying after suffering an asthma attack, health officials and experts are offering tips on what to do when an attack occurs.

Experts say it is widely known that many New Yorkers suffer from asthma. The latest Department of Health statistics show children under the age of 14 are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized because of it.

In the event of an asthma attack, experts say the first thing to do is call 911. They say someone should then find out if there is an inhaler and to use it as directed.

Experts also say to be sure to stay calm and try to regulate the person?s breathing by getting them to mimic blowing out birthday candles. They say epinephrine also works well, whether as a mist or an injection. Both are available over the counter.

CPR should only be performed if the person has stopped breathing completely.

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