How to Use an Asthma Inhaler and Spacer – Nemours

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , /

[MUSIC PLAYING] Knowing how to use
an asthma inhaler and a spacer correctly will
help reduce your child’s asthma. It’s not too complicated,
but there are a few things you should know. A spacer, when used
correctly, will help deposit the medication directly
into the lungs instead of the back of the throat. A young child will need a
spacer with a mask attached, as they are not able to
coordinate their breathing for a regular spacer. As a child matures, they are
able to switch to a spacer without a mask, because
they’re able to generate a nice tight seal around the
mouthpiece between their lips. Your health care
provider will help you decide the right type
of spacer for your child. First, put the spacer
device together, following the instructions
that come with it. Some spacers will come
already assembled. It’s always important
to know how many doses are in your metered
dose inhaler, or inhaler, as some
people like to call it. Check the dose counter to see
how many doses are remaining. For many inhalers, the
spray is just the way to deliver the medication. You’ll be able to
continue to spray even after all the medication
doses have been delivered. That’s why it’s
important to keep track of all the doses on
the back of your inhaler. If there is no dose
counter on your inhaler, you’ll need a system to
help you track your doses, counting down each time you
use a dose of the medication. Take the cap off the inhaler. Make sure that the
mouthpiece is clean. Holding the inhaler
upright, place your thumb on the bottom of the inhaler and
your first finger on the top. Then, shake the inhaler
several times up and down. If the inhaler is new or has
not been used for a few days, a few puffs should be released
or primed into the air. Just follow the instructions
that come with the inhaler. Each inhaler is different
and it’s very important that you read the instructions
that come with your inhaler to know the specific details
of your child’s inhaler. If you lose these instructions,
ask your pharmacist for information. It’s common to have
two types of inhalers for your child’s asthma. So it’s very
important to know when to give the right dose
at the right time. A daily inhaler for control
and a quick reliever only as needed, used
when your child is sick, or maybe prescribed
before exercise. Insert the mouthpiece of
the inhaler into the spacer. It should fit
easily and securely. Encourage your child
to take a deep breath and breathe out away from
the spacer and the inhaler. When using the
spacer with a mask, place the mask over your
child’s mouth and nose, insuring a good seal with
the skin around the mouth. Many spacers will
have an indicator that will show you when you have
a good seal, as it will move each time your child breathes. Press down once on the inhaler. This releases one
puff into the spacer. Hold the mask in place
and encourage your child to take five deep and
slow breaths in and out. It is important not
to rush this step. For children using a
spacer without the mask, the steps are almost the same. For this device,
shake the inhaler. Have your child
take a deep breath and breathe out and
follow these instructions. Put the mouthpiece of the
spacer into your mouth, making a good deal
with your lips. Make sure your tongue is not
blocking the spacer opening. Press the inhaler
canister down once. And then breathe in
slowly and deeply through the mouthpiece
of the spacer. If you hear a
whistling sound, you’re breathing in too quickly. Try slowing down your breathing. Hold your breath for as
long as it is comfortable. You should aim for
about 10 seconds. Remove the spacer
from your mouth. If a second puff is prescribed,
you should shake the device and repeat the steps. Pumping two puffs into
the spacer at one time will not be giving
the correct dose. If you are prescribed
a daily medication, be sure you rinse your mouth
or brush your teeth afterwards. It is important to
keep your spacer clean, so follow the instructions
that come with it. In most cases, gently move
the parts back and forth in warm water using a mild soap. Rinse the parts
well in clean water. Do not dry inside the
spacer with a towel, as it will cause static. Instead, let the parts air dry,
leaving them out overnight. It’s also important to keep your
inhaler in good working order, so be sure to follow the
instructions that came with it. Understanding the correct way
to deliver your child’s asthma medications will keep your
child’s asthma under good. Control. If you have any
questions, do not hesitate to call your
heath care provider. [MUSIC PLAYING]

12 thoughts on “How to Use an Asthma Inhaler and Spacer – Nemours

  1. I have asthma when I was a just a baby I still have one like now iam 11 years old and still just still have one!

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