This device is called an AeroChamber with a Mask. The AeroChamber is a type of holding chamber. A holding chamber is often used with a metered-dose-inhaler. It can be difficult to use a metered dose inhaler correctly, especially for very young children. The AeroChamber with a mask is helpful for young children who can't yet inhale the medication and hold their breath.
The metered dose inhaler often needs to be primed before using the first dose. Priming is spraying a number of doses into the air. Check the package insert that comes with the inhaler to see how to prime the inhaler.
When you are ready to take a dose of the medication, remove the caps from the inhaler. Look for foreign objects in the inhaler as well as in the AeroChamber.
Put the inhaler mouthpiece into the wider rubber-sealed end of the AeroChamber.
Shake the inhaler and AeroChamber well.
Hold the mask to the child's face so that both the nose and mouth are covered.
Press the inhaler once.
Watch the child breathe in and out 6 times. The mask has a exhalation valve that is colorful. This moves as the child breathes in and out. This is often helpful to watch to count the six breaths.
Repeat for each dose you have been told to take.
Clean the AeroChamber weekly. To clean the AeroCahmber take the rubber-sealed end and the mask mouth piece off the AeroChamber. Soak the pieces in warm water with liquid detergent. Move the pieces gently in the water. Do not put the AeroChamber in the dishwasher.
Rinse the pieces in clean water and shake off the excess water.
Air dry the pieces standing up until they are completely dry. Do not rub the inside of the AeroChamber.
Replace the back rubber piece and the mask mouth piece.
Check the package insert to find out how to clean the metered dose inhaler. This varies depending on the medication in the metered dose inhaler.
Keep the cap on the inhaler after each use to help it stay clean.
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