How to help your child use an inhaler with a spacer device - video podcast
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Some medicines need to be breathed into the lungs using an inhaler. Younger children may find a spacer device useful – particularly if they cannot coordinate taking a breath with pushing the top of the inhaler.
How to use a space device with an inhaler:
Wash your hands.
Remove the cover from the inhaler mouth piece.
Hold the inhaler upright and give it a shake.
Put the inhaler mouthpiece into the end of the spacer.
Hold the spacer at a 45 degree angle.
Put the mouthpiece in your child’s mouth.
Press the top of the inhaler to give a dose of medicine.
Ask your child to breathe in deeply about five or 10 times
Wait a few seconds before giving another dose.
When you have finished remover the inhaler from the spacer and put the cover back over the inhaler mouthpiece.
Keep the inhaler and spacer with you at all times – but out of direct sunlight.
Read the instructions and only use the inhaler as instructed.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
Ref: F060440 © GOSH Trust September 2006
Compiled by the Pharmacy department in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group
This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.