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Focus on ‘How to give medicines: asthma inhalers’

It is important that your child knows how to use their inhaler correctly when taking their medicine for asthma. There are different types of inhalers. Some are ‘preventer inhalers’, which are used regularly in order to prevent attacks (this is sometimes called asthma prophylaxis), and some are ‘reliever inhalers’, which are used during asthma attacks.

August 12, 2021

You can read more about inhalers and how to use them correctly on our information leaflet which provides instructions on how to use inhalers for asthma medicine.

How to use asthma inhalers

An instruction leaflet will also be provided with your child’s inhaler. This will tell you how to put the inhaler together and how to use it. There are different types of inhalers. They include ‘preventer inhalers’, which are used regularly in order to prevent attacks (this is sometimes called asthma prophylaxis), and ‘reliever inhalers’, which are used during asthma attacks.

If you are not sure whether you are using the inhaler properly, or need help, contact your asthma nurse or pharmacist, who will be able to show you or check what you are doing.