Asthma is a very common condition in Ireland. In fact, Ireland has the fourth highest rate of asthma in the world.


What is asthma?

Asthma is a narrowing of the airways so much so that it becomes difficult to breathe.


What are the symptoms of asthma in children?

Symptoms include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

Many children with asthma experience mild symptoms that are only triggered by a viral infection such as a cold or flu, or during times of physical activity and excitement. Other children may have symptoms that are more frequent and persistent, especially when they are not receiving the right treatment.


How can I ease my child's asthma?

The links below provide evidence-based guidance and care. They are particularly useful for helping you to understand your child’s condition and how best to manage their asthma. We suggest you read through the information supplied in these links and make an appointment. We are here to help you to understand and manage your child’s asthma and are are happy to discuss any worries or questions you or your child may have.

Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment.


Useful Links

Asthma Society of Ireland - Asthma and your child

Asthma Society of Ireland - General information and advice

NHS Choice - Living well with asthma

Asthma Society of Ireland’s free four week (12 hours) programme for parents/carers of children living with asthma is designed to help improve your skills and confidence in managing your child’s asthma


Content developed from HSE and NHS Choices  
is adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.

Paul Cotter

Bad Dog, 16 Seapoint, Barna, Galway