Medications that are used to treat asthma are injected into the body with a metered-dose inhaler. With a metered inhaler, a special mask is often used, which:

  • Helps the child to take the exact dose of the medicine.
  • Helps to inject the exact dose of the medication directly into the baby’s lungs.
  • Helps to keep asthma symptoms under control and to prevent damage to the lungs as much as possible.
  • Prevents or reduces the degree of side effects of the drug.
  • Allows you to take a smaller dose of a medicine that has the same effect as tablets.
  • The medicine taken in this way starts to act much faster than the medicine in tablets.

What is a metered-dose inhaler? What is a mask with a separator?

A metered-dose inhaler is a small device that injects a certain amount of medicine directly into the lungs.

Separator and metered-dose inhaler – the most convenient and effective way of treatment for a child. The separator functions as a “catcher” of the medicine. The medicine is in the separator until the child fully inhales it. The separator improves the introduction of the drug into the body and helps the child take the medicine, as it may be difficult to press the button on the inhaler at the same time and inhale the medicine. The separator is mandatory for inhaled corticosteroids. This reduces side effects.

A mask with a separator is a separator with a mask on the end that is worn over the face. The mask closes the nose and mouth of the child. It is often used for young children who can not use a separator with a tip on their own. The mask is usually needed for newborns and children up to 5 years. However, most children 2 years and older do not like using the mask, so you should encourage and teach your child to use an inhaler with a traditional separator if he wants to. If older children and adults have difficulty using a metered dose inhaler with a separator, they can also use a mask.

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Dosage inhaler with a separator mask greatly facilitates the administration of the drug.

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Dosage inhaler with a separator mask greatly facilitates the introduction of the drug directly into the lungs.

Why should a child use a metered-dose inhaler with a mask?

A metered dose inhaler with a mask can be useful, because:

  • It ensures the reception of a precisely measured dose of the drug.
  • It helps maintain asthma symptoms under control and stay active.
  • With the correct use of a metered-dose inhaler with a mask, the medicine enters directly into the baby’s lungs and does not enter the blood and other organs of the body. This prevents or significantly reduces side effects.
  • It allows you to take a smaller dose of the medicine, which has the same effect as the drugs in the tablets.
  • The medicine taken in this way starts to act much faster than the tablet.
dosed inhaler and mask
dosed inhaler and mask

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A metered dose inhaler with a mask helps to avoid side effects of the medication.

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A dosage inhaler with a mask maximally protects the child from side effects of the medication, as the medicine enters directly into the lungs and does not enter the blood and other organs of the body.

How to help a child use a metered-dose inhaler with a mask?

Before you start using a metered-dose inhaler with a mask:

  1. Consult your doctor about how to properly use a metered-dose inhaler with a mask. You should be sure that the child uses the inhaler strictly according to the doctor’s prescription.
  2. Depending on the age of the child, try to teach the child to determine the medicine that is needed at the moment. If the child uses several inhalers, paste on each label with the time of reception. Use pencils or stickers of different colors to make it easier for a child to distinguish between drugs.
  3. Carefully read the label on the inhaler to check how much medicine is left. If you or a child monitors how many times the inhaler has been used, it will allow you to purchase a new inhaler on time. Learn to check the inhaler for the presence of a medicine in it. Your doctor or pharmacist can help with this.

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After getting the medicine into the separator, the child should inhale it at a time.

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After getting the medicine into the separator, the child can normally inhale the medicine within 20 seconds. Nevertheless, breathing in a breath for one breath is preferable for older children, adolescents, and adults.

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Now that you’ve gotten acquainted with this information, you can help the child use a metered-dose inhaler with a mask.

Talk to your doctor

If you have any questions about this information, ask them at the next appointment with a doctor.

How to use a metered inhaler with a mask?

  • Shake the inhaler and remove the cap: Step 1

Shake the inhaler and remove the cap. Carefully read the instructions to the inhaler and check whether you need to fill it with a medicine before use. If necessary, do so and follow the instructions.

  • Hold the inhaler vertically: Step 2

Hold the inhaler vertically at the bottom and insert the inhaler into the mask.

  • Dress the mask: Step 3

Gently dress the mask on the mouth and nose of the baby. The mask should fit snugly to the face.

  • Press on the inhaler: Step 4

When the mask is dressed, click on the inhaler to allow the medication to enter the separator.

  • Inhale: Step 5

Hold the mask while the child inhales the medicine. He can take a few breaths and exhalations for 20 seconds. This is the time it will take to fully inhale the medicine.

If it is necessary to repeat the procedure, wait 30-60 seconds and repeat steps 4 and 5.

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