Dr. Max Gomez: Inhaler Misuse
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October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , /


REALLY COOL. LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT. IT DOES. LIKE A VEGAS KIND OF FLAIR ALL OF A SUDDEN. [ LAUGHTER ] IN OUR HEALTHWATCH, 6 1/2 MILLION CHILDREN HERE IN THE UNITED STATES SUFFER FROM ASTHMA AND MOST OF THEM USE INHALERS TO HELP KEEP THEIR AIRWAYS OPEN BUT MOST KIDS DON’T USE THEM THE RIGHT WAY CAUSING PROBLEMS. CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ WITH SOME TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS. Reporter: 10-YEAR-OLD AMANDA’S ASTHMA WAS SO SEVERE, IT WAS LIFE-THREATENING. DESPERATE FOR A SOLUTION, HER PARENTS TOOK HER TO SEVERAL DOCTORS WHO KEPT WRITING MORE AND MORE PRESCRIPTIONS. IT WAS VERY FRUSTRATING. THEY JUST KEPT THROWING MORE MEDICINE AND NONE OF IT HELPED. SHE WAS AFRAID TO GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT BECAUSE SHE WAS AFRAID SHE WAS GOING TO DIE. Reporter: FINALLY THEY CAME TO DR. LANCER A SPECIALIST AT NATIONAL JEWISH HEALTH IN DENVER WHO HAD A SIMPLE SOLUTION. IT TURNS OUT AMANDA HAD THE RIGHT MEDICINE. SHE WAS JUST TAKING IT WRONG. WE SEE CHILDREN WHO JUST DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE IT AT ALL SO THEY TAKE BREATHS IN A TOTALLY DIFFERENT WAY THAT DOESN’T HELP GET IT INTO THE LUNGS WHICH IS WHERE THE MEDICINE NEEDS TO GO. Reporter: HE SAYS MOST CHILDREN HE SEES USE INHALERS WRONG. HE SAYS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IS NOT USING A SPACER. WITHOUT IT, ABOUT 80% OF THE MEDICINE SETTLES IN THE MOUTH AND NEVER GETS INTO THE LUNGS. THE DOCTOR ALSO SAYS MANY CHILDREN DON’T REALIZE THAT EXHALING IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS INHALING. TAKES NORMAL BREATHS AND THEN A BIG DEEP BREATH TO FULLY EXHALE SO THAT YOU THEN HAVE EMPTY LUNGS TO TAKE A NICE BIG DEEP BREATH TO GET ALL THE MEDICINE INTO THE LUNGS. Reporter: OTHER COMMON MISTAKES INVOLVE HOW THE INHALER IS POSITIONED. KIDS SHOULD STAND UP STRAIGHT WHEN USING INHALERS WITH THEIR HEAD IN A NEUTRAL POSITION NOT TIPPED BACK. AIM THE INHALER AT THE BACK OF THE THROAT AND CLOSE THE LIPS TIGHTLY AROUND THE MOUTHPIECE TO KEEP MEDICATION FROM ESCAPING. AFTER LEARNING THE PROPER TECHNIQUE AND PRACTICING IT, AMANDA USES IT CORRECTLY. FEELS LIKE I DON’T HAVE ASTHMA ANYMORE. Reporter: IF IT’S NOT WELL CONTROLLED, MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS USING THE INHALER CORRECTLY BEFORE YOU START ADDING IN MEDICINE THAT THEY MAY NOT ACTUALLY NEED. DR. MAX GOMEZ, CBS 2 NEWS. DOCTORS SAY IT’S IMPORTANT


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