A metered-dose inhaler lets your child breathe medicine directly into the lungs. Inhaled medicine works faster than the same medicine in a pill. An inhaler lets your child take less medicine than he or she would if it were taken as a pill.
"Metered-dose" means that the inhaler gives a measured amount of medicine each time your child uses it. This type of inhaler delivers medicine in the form of a liquid mist.
The doctor may want your child to use a spacer with the inhaler. A spacer is a chamber that attaches to the inhaler. The chamber holds the medicine before your child inhales it. That way, your child can inhale the medicine in as many breaths as he or she needs. Doctors recommend using a spacer with most metered-dose inhalers, especially those with corticosteroid medicines.
A regular spacer has a mouthpiece. Some younger children have a hard time using it. They may need a face mask with a spacer instead. Your child can use the face mask instead of the mouthpiece. The mask fits over the child's mouth and nose.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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