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QA59: My child has asthma and we use inhalers. Do we need to use that “SPACER” thing?

Yes. The best way for your child to get his/her asthma medication is with a SPACER. Spacers can be used in patients of all ages (from babies to adults). Younger children should have masks attached to their spacers. Teens and adults usually have a mouthpiece. Spacers are used for daily controller medications like flovent and Qvar as well as rescue medications such as proair/albuterol. When a spacer is used your child receives more of the medication into his/her lungs. This means less medication is wasted in the mouth and reduces the risks of sides effects. – Dr Ward

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