A metered-dose inhaler (MDI) is a hand-held device that releases a mist of medicine. It contains a gas that helps the medicine get into your child’s lungs. The Inhaler helps send the medicine directly to your child’s lungs as he takes a deep breath.
A device called a collapsible bag spacer, or reservoir bag, can be used with the inhaler. It can help if it’s hard to press the inhaler at the same time that your child breathes in the medicine. The spacer holds medicine in the bag and:
Spacers can be used with or without a mask. Some spacers are made for just one type of inhaler.
The mouthpiece should be washed daily with warm water and dried. (Do not put it in the dishwasher.) The manufacturer does not recommend washing the bag spacer. The bag should be replaced when it wears out, or once every month.