Using a puffer with spacer and mask

  • How to use a puffer with a spacer and mask for a young child

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    • You should always use a spacer when using a puffer.
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    • A spacer with a mask is best for younger children who can't hold the mouthpiece in their mouth with a good seal.
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    • Your child should take about 4 breaths for each puff of medicine. Two breaths is probably enough if your child is crying.
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    • Normal breaths are fine - your child does not need to be told to breathe deeply.
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    • With some types of spacer you may notice the internal valve moving as your child breathes and that the mist from the puffer disappear as your child breathes it in. In other spacer types this may be less obvious.
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    • If your child needs more than one puff of medicine, it is best if you shake the puffer again before each puff. That way your child will get more of the medicine than if you don't shake it. If your child doesn't like having the mask on their face, you might find it quicker and easier if you don't shake the puffer between each dose. This is fine too.
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    • If your child is taking a preventer medicine, it is best if they clean their teeth or have a drink after using the medicine so that none stays in their mouth.
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    • Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you have any questions about these instructions.
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    • If your child has to have regular medication every day (such as a preventer) - it can be helpful to keep the puffer with their tootbrush.
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