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An inhaler discharges medication in a fine spray. A spacer is a tube with a mouthpiece that can be attached to the inhaler. It helps more medication gets into the lungs. To use an inhaler with a spacer, follow the package instructions. If you have questions about the right way to use the inhaler, ask your child’s health care provider.
Instead of a mouthpiece, a mask with a spacer is used for infants and toddlers. Your child's healthcare provider can show you the best way to use an inhaler with a mask.
This type of inhaler releases medication in tiny grains of powder. No spacer is needed. To use this type of inhaler, the child must be able to take a quick, deep breath. Read the package insert to learn how to correctly use this them. Make sure to check the technique with your child's health care provider.
A nebulizer turns medication into a fine mist. The medication is delivered through a mouthpiece or mask that fits on the face. Getting the full dose takes from 7 to 15 minutes. Nebulizers are sometimes used by infants or toddlers. They are usually not needed if a child is able to use an inhaler with spacer properly.
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