A metered-dose inhaler is a pressurized container that releases a mist of medicine. Your child inhales the medicine into the airways of the lungs.
A device called a spacer can be used with the inhaler. Examples of spacers are the AeroChamber or the OptiChamber. The spacer helps make sure the inhaler is at the correct distance from your child's mouth and at the best angle. Your child can more easily breathe in the medicine, and not worry about coordinating the timing. The spacer can be used with or without a mask.
Metered dose inhalers contain a gas that helps the medicine get into your child’s lungs. Inhalers used to contain CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) gas, which is harmful to the environment. A different gas is now used in inhalers. The spray comes out with less force, is warmer, and has a slightly different taste than the CFS gas. Your child won’t feel it as much in the throat when he inhales the medicine, but your child still gets the right amount of medicine.
Before the first use, wash the spacer with warm soapy water. Do not rinse. Allow to air dry.
To attach the inhaler to the spacer:
To use the inhaler with the spacer and mask:
To use the inhaler with the spacer and mouthpiece:
How to track doses for scheduled medicine used every day:
How track doses for medicine used as needed:
Wash the spacer and the plastic case for the inhaler once a week with soapy tap water. Rinse well and let the parts air dry.
Replace the one-way valve or get a new spacer when the valve dries out and starts to curl.