Inhalation Therapy for Children With Asthma in Brentwood, Lindenhurst, Patchogue of Long Island NY Areas.
Pediatrics of Long Island offers walk-in Inhalation therapy service with no appointment necessary.
Asthma can be difficult to diagnose and complicated to treat. As the most common chronic condition found in children and infants, it can have far-reaching consequences for your child now and throughout their life. At Pediatrics of Long Island, we are proud to offer inhalation therapy that can help your child build a foundation to support their lung function over the long term and lead to a better quality of life in the future.
Inhalers are a common treatment for children and adults with asthma. They are a convenient way to deliver effective asthma medications directly into a person’s lungs, increasing the efficacy of these medications and helping children to enjoy playing with their friends without suffering shortness of breath or asthma attacks. However, using an inhaler can be a complicated process, especially for children. Even for adults who have never used an inhaler previously, administering one to your child can be intimidating. At Pediatrics of Long Island, we understand how important it is to ensure you and your child know how to properly use their inhaler device.
There are two main types of inhalers typically prescribed to treat asthma symptoms in children, metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) and dry powdered inhalers (DPIs). Metered-dose inhalers are the most commonly used and are what most people picture when they think of an asthma inhaler. However, these inhalers require the person administering them to coordinate the activation of the device with their breathing, making it more difficult than using a DPI, which does not dispense medication until a breath is taken. DPIs are typically not prescribed for children under the age of 5 or 6, as they do require the user to be capable of taking a forceful inhalation.
Regardless of which type of inhaler your child is prescribed, learning how to use it is essential to ensuring they receive the greatest benefit. With MDIs, often the mistake made by children is that they breathe in too fast when using it. MDIs require the user to take a deep, slow breath in when activating the inhaler. While DPIs are considered easier to activate and use, children can forget to exhale fully before using it, to hold their breath, or to meter their breathing in and out while using their inhaler. At Pediatrics of Long Island, our dedicated pediatricians can help you and your child understand how to use their inhaler effectively, so you can both breathe more easily.
Studies have shown for decades that a large percentage of patients utilize inadequate inhaler technique. These errors can lead to unsuccessful use of inhalers, decreasing their efficacy and increasing the chances of an asthmatic event. We know that as a parent, your child’s safety and health are your priority. We strive to support you and your child throughout their life, so they can stay happy and healthy. If your child has been diagnosed with asthma and prescribed an inhaler, let our experienced pediatricians provide you with the guidance you need to ensure your child’s treatment works effectively.
If you are interested in inhalation therapy at one of Pediatrics of Long Island’s 3 convenient asthma clinic locations, contact us today to schedule an appointment.