Skip to content

    Asthma Health Center

    Step 1 of 6
    Action Set
    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.

    how.gif  How to help your child use a metered-dose inhaler with a mask spacer

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
    Specialist Medical ReviewerLora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    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.

    When Is Your Asthma Worse?

    When Is Your Asthma Worse?

    Take the WebMD Asthma assessment to get Personalized Action Plan

    Start Now

    Today on WebMD

    Lung and bronchial tube graphic
    5 common triggers.
    group jogging in park
    Should you avoid fitness activities?
     
    asthma inhaler
    Learn about your options.
    man feeling faint
    What’s the difference?
     
    Madison Wisconsin Capitol
    Slideshow
    woman wearing cpap mask
    Article
     
    red wine pouring into glass
    Slideshow
    Woman holding inhaler
    Quiz
     
    Man outdoors coughing
    Article
    Lung and bronchial tube graphic
    Article
     
    10 Worst Asthma Cities
    Slideshow
    runner
    Article