A metered-dose inhaler provides a puff of medicine for your child's lungs in a measured dose.
The best way to get the most medicine into your child's lungs is to use a spacer with a metered-dose inhaler. A spacer is a chamber that you attach to the inhaler. The spacer holds the medicine so your child can use as many breaths as needed to inhale it.
A regular spacer has a mouthpiece that some younger children have a hard time using. They may need a face mask with a spacer instead. Your child uses the face mask instead of the mouthpiece. It fits over the child's mouth and nose.
A mask and spacer is used for children about 5 years old or younger. But some kids may not like to use it after about age 2. If this happens, you will need to teach your child how to use a regular spacer.
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: March 25, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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