Administering Spacer With Mask

Asthma medication delivery devices

Administering spacer with mask

This method is used in young children generally under age 3 years.


  • Shake the canister.
  • Place the canister “tail-up” with its mouthpiece in the rubber opening of the spacer device.
  • Place the mask of the spacer over the mouth and nose of your child, making a good seal.
  • Press down on the canister, releasing a puff of medication into the spacer.
  • Hold the mask in place until your child has taken at least 6 breaths, as seen from movements of a “window” on the mask.

Helpful hints

Using inhalers properly is not always easy but can help your child enjoy successful treatment at home and less frequent trips to the hospital.

If despite your best efforts with inhaled medications your child’s asthma is not well controlled or worsens, seek medical attention immediately!


More Asthma Corner Topics

  • Rinse your device with warm water weekly and let it dry in room air.
  • If the flap valve is torn or not working properly, your device should be replaced.
  • The spacer should always be kept in its plastic container when not in use.

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Pediatrician DR.PAUL Roumeliotis is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The information provided above is designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace the advice and care of your child’s physician, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If you suspect that your child has a medical condition always consult a physician.