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Home > Health Library > Breathing Problems: Helping a Child Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler and Mask Spacer
A metered-dose inhaler (MDI) with a regular spacer has a mouthpiece that some younger children find hard to use. But a mask spacer that fits over the mouth and nose can make the inhaler easier to use.
Using an MDI with a mask spacer:
Before using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) with a mask spacer:
Shake the inhaler, and remove the inhaler cap. Check the inhaler instructions to see if you need to prime your inhaler before you use it. If it needs priming, follow the instructions on how to do so.
Hold the inhaler upright with the mouthpiece at the bottom, and insert the inhaler into the end of the mask spacer.
Place the mask spacer securely over your child's mouth and nose, being sure to get a good seal. The mask must fit snugly, with no gaps between the mask and the skin.
With the mask spacer in place, press down on the inhaler to spray one puff of medicine into the spacer.
Keep the mask spacer in place and have your child breathe in and out normally for 5 to 6 breaths. This is how long it takes to breathe in all the medicine.
If your child needs another puff of medicine, wait 30 to 60 seconds and repeat steps 4 and 5.
Current as of:
March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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