Inhalers are hand-held devices that let your child breathe medicine directly into his or her lungs. There are 2 kinds of inhalers:
Proper care of your child’s inhaler will help keep it working well. Each brand of inhaler is different, so follow the instructions that come with your child’s inhaler.
Metered dose inhalers usually have 3 parts:
Older children or teens may not need to use a spacer.
To care for your child’s medicine canister, mouthpiece, and cap:
If your child is using a spacer, clean it once a week and anytime your child has been sick.
If your child uses a collapsible bag instead of a spacer, don’t wash the bag. Replace it once a month or whenever it cracks, tears, or shows other signs of wear.
Each brand of DPI is different, so follow the instructions that come with your child’s inhaler. Some general guidelines for care include:
Check the instructions that come with your child’s inhaler or talk with your pharmacist or child’s healthcare provider if you have any questions.