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Asthma Treatments: The Proper Ways To Keep Them Handy

April 15, 20159 min
Asthma treatments should always be kept on hand, but are you keeping and storing them properly.Medications for asthma can be given to your child using a variety of devices.Some devices include a nebulizer, which is a device that uses an air compressor and cup to change liquid medication into a mist that can be inhaled through a mouthpiece or mask, or a metered-dose inhaler (MDI)—this is the most commonly used device for asthma medications. However, your child will need to learn how to use it properly, which means pressing (or actuating) the device while taking a deep breath at the same time.Jen Kim, MD is here to discuss the proper use of an inhaler, proper storage of inhalers (not gym bags in the heat/sun or car glove compartments);and when to consider changes to your child’s asthma treatment plan and staying in touch with your pediatrician.

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