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    Default Using a spacer with inhaler for asthma??

    Just wondering at what age can kids use the inhaler on their own without a spacer? My daughter is nearly 6, and gets asthma when a cold comes along, uses her spacer all the time, just wanted to know out of curiosity? =)

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    It's recommended that children (up till about 12-13) because they don't always have the coordination to get all the medication into their lungs if not using a spacer. This is particularly true if they are short of breath and having difficulty taking a deep breath. If you don't have one on hand don't stress it's better to get some ventolin rather than none (such as when out and about). Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    It is actually recommended for everyone to use a spacer with their inhalers, even adults. It makes the ventolin more effective. Remove the spacer and you will need to take more ventolin.
    This!!!

    My 9 year old DD has asthma and her specialist has never even discussed using her ventolin without her spacer. Plus they are much easier to use through the spacer in my opinion.

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    The bigger the volume in the spacer the better . It allows longer for the particles to float around before sticking . They are the best invention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    It is actually recommended for everyone to use a spacer with their inhalers, even adults. It makes the ventolin more effective. Remove the spacer and you will need to take more ventolin.
    Yep this. It's why I sometimes have to give more gentoo in to dd who is 2.5 she has always freaked out with the nebuliser and spacer, so unfortunately since she was under one she has only ever taken the puffer by itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    I am lucky, both my kids are great at using theirs. Perhaps because they see Mum and Dad use it. Have you seen a fun spacer? It might help the situation and make her ventolin more effective.
    No- only just the normal ones. I didn't know they existed!

    She has has never seen any of us use them I might get my brother to show her when I see him next. Both my dh and mil are ridiculous when it comes just having their puffer that mil prefers to continue attacking and I'll administer dhs lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    It is actually recommended for everyone to use a spacer with their inhalers, even adults. It makes the ventolin more effective. Remove the spacer and you will need to take more ventolin.
    This

    I still use a spacer & mask cause I can't get a big enough breath to get enough medication down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Pink-Hen View Post
    No- only just the normal ones. I didn't know they existed!

    She has has never seen any of us use them I might get my brother to show her when I see him next. Both my dh and mil are ridiculous when it comes just having their puffer that mil prefers to continue attacking and I'll administer dhs lol
    My girls decorated theirs with puff paint & stickers. If I even think about using theirs ill be shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TripleTime View Post
    My girls decorated theirs with puff paint & stickers. If I even think about using theirs ill be shot.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by TripleTime View Post
    My girls decorated theirs with puff paint & stickers. If I even think about using theirs ill be shot.
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