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. Wessex Health Science Network has released a number of insightful videos and podcasts about using various inhalers.

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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