Tips and Tricks in Adoption and Pediatrics

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Learning to Use Spacers and Inhalers

Inhalers for asthma, when used with a mask/spacer device, work just as well as nebulizer machines, with much less time and fuss. Here are some tips:

  • For younger children show them on yourself, then have them "teach" a stuffed animal, and practice on you.
  • Let them play with a new mask and spacer for a while before using it for meds
  • If they don't like the mouth taste of the medication, let them have a potato- or tortilla-chip before-hand, to coat their tongue, and then give them a sweet treat, fruit, or sugar-free gum afterwards to wash out the taste (from Contemporary Pediatrics)
  • For inhaled steroids (Flovent, etc), wipe around their mouth afterwards, and give them something to drink to wask out the medicine.