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Asthma in Children: Helping a Child Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler and Mask Spacer

The medicines used for asthma are often delivered through a metered-dose inhaler (MDI). Using an MDI with a mask spacer:

  • Helps a young child get an accurate dose of medicine.
  • Delivers most of a measured dose of medicine directly to your child's lungs.
  • Can help keep your child's asthma symptoms under control and allow your child to live an active life.
  • May prevent or reduce side effects of the medicine.
  • May let your child use less medicine than is found in a pill but get the same effect.
  • May result in the medicine working faster than a pill form.

what.gif  What is a metered-dose inhaler? What is a mask spacer?
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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Last Revised March 14, 2013

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 14, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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