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An inhaler is used to send medicine right to your child's lungs. It's often used for asthma and other lung diseases that make it hard to breathe.
Using an inhaler:
Different types of devices can send inhaled medicine straight to your child's lungs. They include metered-dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers, and nebulizers. Your child may need to use more than one type of device.
Each kind of inhaler is used differently.
Make sure to save the manufacturer's instructions. Don't throw them away.
Pay attention to the instructions for your specific inhaler. Look for directions on:
Correct use of an inhaler:
Ask your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist to show you how to use the inhaler. They might ask you to show them how you use it, so they can help fix any problems.
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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Adaptation Date: 8/4/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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