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How do I give my child asthma medication?

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You may give your child asthma medications using a home nebulizer or a hydrofluoroalkane inhaler (HFA) with a spacer. A spacer is a chamber that attaches to the HFA and holds the burst of medication. A nebulizer delivers asthma drugs by changing them from a liquid to a mist. Your child gets the drug by breathing it in through a facemask. Your child's doctor will tell you which is right for them.

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Lung Association: "Asthma & Children Fact Sheet."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Childhood Asthma: Tips to Remember."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Asthma Medicines: Long-term Control" and "Asthma Medicines: Quick Relief."

KIdsHealth: "What's an Asthma Plan?" and "Asthma."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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