You have been given an inhaler to help with the management of your child’s asthma. There are two main kinds of treatment for asthma: relievers and preventers.
Everyone with asthma should have a reliever inhaler. Relievers are medications taken to relieve asthma symptoms such as cough and wheeze. They relax the muscles in the airways within 5-10 minutes making it easier to breathe. Reliever inhalers are usually blue.
Preventers are used to help control swelling and inflammation in the airways. They take about 2-4 weeks to build up effectiveness and should then be taken regularly even when your child is feeling well. Preventer inhalers are various colours.
Medications for asthma are usually inhaled as this goes straight to the airways where they are needed.
There are many different devices for taking reliever or preventer inhalers. It is important that your child’s inhaler technique is checked annually.
Further information can be found from asthma UK or phone 0300 222 5800
Contact: clinical nurse specialist 01223 216585.
- Shake the inhaler.
- Open the cap.
- Breathe out gently - away from the device.
- Place the mouthpiece in mouth and ensure lips are sealed around the mouthpiece and breathe in slowly and steadily, continuing to breathe in as the inhaler is activated.
- Remove the inhaler and hold your breath for 5-10 seconds.
- Close the cap.
- For further doses repeat steps one to five.
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