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Home > Be Healthy > Health Library > Using a Metered-Dose Inhaler 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 prime your
Hold the inhaler upright with the mouthpiece at the bottom,
and insert the inhaler into 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 about 20 seconds. 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
Current as ofSeptember 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
September 5, 2018
Medical Review:John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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