Using asthma inhalers

Asthma inhalers and medicines must be used regularly to help control asthma. A preventative inhaler should be taken every day as prescribed. A reliever inhaler should be taken as needed. If your child is using their reliever inhaler more often than usual, consider arranging a review with their doctor or nurse.


Make sure your child takes their preventer inhaler every day as prescribed. Children and young people should always use their inhaler with a spacer. This is the most effective delivery of medication.

Inhaler techniques

A person’s inhaler technique should be assessed at every contact with a health professional.

Using asthma inhalers Beat Asthma has some excellent short films on how to use different spacers, as well as other resources, in the ‘videos’ section of their website

Using asthma inhalers The pharmacy section of this toolkit also has useful tips and information.

The Hands-on Guide to Practical Paediatrics team has put together instructional videos on how to use different inhalers:

Using asthma inhalers How to use a metered dose inhaler (MDI) with a volumatic spacer

Using asthma inhalers How to use a Turbuhaler

Using asthma inhalers How to use an Accuhaler

Using asthma inhalers How to use an Easi-Breathe inhaler

The Hands-on Guide to Practical Paediatrics team has also developed an instructional video on How to give inhalers to a young child or baby.

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