This article is about kids not using their inhalers correctly. It made me remember the quick lesson my pharmacist gave me on how to use an inhaler and a spacer. No one besides him ever showed me how to use an inhaler.
My old pharmacist wasn't in business anymore when I filled my daughter's first inhaler prescription. If I hadn't known how to use an inhaler … wow!
Poor inhaler technique fails to deliver medications deep into the airways where they are needed. Among the more common mistakes children make is using an inhaler without a spacer, a plastic tube attached to the mouthpiece. When children activate the inhaler, the spacer lets the medication mix with air so that it can be inhaled more effectively. For smaller children, spacers often are paired with masks to make the process easier.
“Without a spacer, 70 to 80 percent of the medicine ends up in the child’s mouth and never gets deep into the lungs where it needs to be,” said Lanser. “If they continue to make those mistakes dose after dose, their symptoms begin to worsen and often those children end up in the hospital.”
So how about you? Who taught you how to use an inhaler and were you given a spacer?