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It is recommended that children of any age use an MDI with a spacer. However, it is not always possible to have a spacer available: you may forget to bring a spacer with you, or it may be hard to carry it around.
Your child can follow these steps to take asthma medicine using an MDI without a spacer. Remember, young children under the age of 9 usually cannot use an MDI properly by themselves.
Sharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPC
Bonnie Fleming-Carroll, MN, ACNP, CAE
Jennifer Leaist, RN, BScN
Rishita Peterson, RN, BScN, MN
Gurjit Sangha, RN, MN
James Tjon, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh