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Treatment: Giving Inhaled Drugs to Children

The drugs that are used to treat asthma are often inhaled. Devices that administer these drugs are tailored to suit the age of the child (see Taking inhaled asthma drugs). Because babies cannot coordinate their breathing to inhale the drugs, they require special inhalers that incorporate a face mask and a spacer. The spacer retains the drug while the face mask allows the baby to inhale the drug while breathing normally.

Giving drugs to a young child

A dose of the drug is dispensed from the canister into a spacer, such as the one shown, and the mask is placed over the baby’s nose and mouth.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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