Most Asthmatic Kids Do Not Use Inhaler in Correct Manner

by Kathy Jones on  March 29, 2011 at 8:18 PM Child Health News
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A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has revealed that less than 10 percent of asthmatic children use traditional inhalers in a correct way while less than 25 percent use modern inhalers effectively.
 Most Asthmatic Kids Do Not Use Inhaler in Correct Manner
Most Asthmatic Kids Do Not Use Inhaler in Correct Manner

Researchers from Eshelman School of Pharmacy observed nearly 300 asthmatic children aged between 8 to 16 years and found that just over eight percent of the children followed metered-dose inhaler steps correctly with older children more effective in using the puffer.

Modern devices such as diskus, turbuhaler and peak-flow meter had better usage rates with 21.9 percent, 15.6 percent and 23.9 percent respectively.

"It is crucial that health-care providers not only show a child how to use an inhaler correctly but also have the child demonstrate the device in front of a physician or pharmacist. Pediatric practices are extremely busy places so we need innovative ways to demonstrate and assess device technique among asthmatic children", lead researcher Betsy Sleath said.


Source: Medindia

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Yes, children should be taught properly on how to use an inhaler. The drug is just wasted if the inhaler is not used properly. Worse, because the child is not using the inhaler properly, he/she is not getting the right dosage of medicine so he/she has an asthma attack.

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