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How to Give your Child Asthma Medication

This video shows different ways for a child to breath in the medicines used in asthma.

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This video shows different ways for a child to breathe in the medicines used in asthma. First, we will show the use of discus, a type of dry powder inhaler. Open the discus by pushing the protective cover down. Then slide the lever away from you until you hear a click. Breathe out completely before you bring the discus to your mouth. Close your lips tightly against the mouthpiece and breathe in deeply through your mouth. Remove the discus from your mouth before breathing out again. Close the discus by sliding the cover back into place. Repeat these steps if you were taking another dose. The turbuhaler is another type of dry powder inhaler. Unscrew and remove the protective cover. Twist the turning base fully to the right and then back to the left until you hear a click. Breathe out slowly then place the mouthpiece between your teeth. Close your lips around it and breathe in deeply. Once more, remove the cover, twist, click and inhale. The Aerochamber is a spacer device attached to a metered-dose inhaler called an MDI to make it easier to breathe in all the medicine. First, shake the metered-dose inhaler. Remove the plastic cap and insert the mouthpiece of the inhaler into the end of the Aerochamber. The Aerochamber should be held flat and the face mask should be placed gently over the child's nose and mouth. Press the aerosol once to release medication into the chamber. Have the child take 5 to 10 breaths so that the medication is inhaled. Older children as shown here can hold the spacer device themselves. Older children may also drop the mask and breathe in directly from the mouthpiece by holding it between their teeth and closing their lips around it. It is important to check that the valves in the chamber move during breathing. When breathing out, the outer valve at the top should move slightly and when breathing in, the inner blue valve should move. This shows the use of the NebuNet which is a spacer device made up of a metal container, a valve and a mask. Older children can use it without a mask by breathing in directly from the mouthpiece. Finally, use of a small nebulizer or compressor is shown here. The nebulizer is filled with medication and the mouthpiece attached to the instrument is switched on, so vaporized medication is released. This kind of small nebulizer is simple for some children to use by themselves.