Inhalers for children: how to use them

It is estimated that up to 20% of children have had inflamed bronchial tubes at some time in their life. Doctors call this disease in many different ways: bronchitis, respiratory infection with bronchospasm, bronchial hyperresponsiveness, acute episode of wheezing, asthmatic crisis, etc.

Commonly, many mothers refer to these episodes as "whistles", because when these children exhale the air they emit a characteristic hiss. From a therapeutic point of view, the most effective strategy to tackle this problem is to use inhalers, which are technically called “pressurized” type inhalers. These have an inverted L shape, a push button, and a hole where the medicine comes out.

If your child has recurrent bronchitis or asthma, you don't need to go to the doctor for an indication of its use. You don't have to wait; moreover, if waiting to give it to them is counterproductive. If your child has an incessant cough, chest noises (“whistling” type), and / or strains to breathe (that is, sinking under the ribs, or lower neck), you can apply without any fear. Doctors say that inhalers have to be applied "on demand"; that is, when they are necessary.

A reasonable approach is to set a limit and use common sense. If the child shows a poor general condition, has great respiratory distress or if it requires more than four applications every 4 hours, it seems more than sensible to receive urgent attention, in the health center or in the hospital. If your child also has some underlying disease (of the heart, lungs, or immune system), it is likely that he needs urgent attention at the beginning of the process.

In pediatric age, whenever a pressurized cartridge inhaler is used, it must be applied through a spacer chamber, with a mask (below 3-4 years) or without a mask (above that age).

Inhalation technique:

1- Shake the inhaler.

2- Engage the inhaler in the corresponding chamber hole.

3- Press the inhaler button.

4- Bring the mask or mouthpiece of the camera close to the child's face.

5- Count slowly to 10 (use the trick of counting like this: 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1005, etc.).

6- Separate the camera from the child's face, and let him rest for a few seconds.

7- Repeat the operation again from step 1, as many times as necessary, or as recommended by the pediatrician.

8- When you have finished, cover the mouthpiece with the corresponding cap, and store the camera in a space that you can easily remember.

Camera maintenance:

- Place the camera in a container with soap and water once a day. If the camera is made of plastic, you do not need to rinse it afterwards.

- Take the camera and the inhaler wherever you go.

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Video: How to Properly Use an Inhaler for children (October 2021).