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Homemade Spacers Found to be Effective:

Children with asthma and other conditions requiring inhalers, may also require the use of a spacer to optimize the effects of the aerosols. A new study, published in the June issue of Archives of Disease in Childhood , showed use of a homemade spacer made from a plastic soda bottle works better than the commercial spacers, the Babyhaler(tm) and the Aerochamber(tm).

The study included 40 children aged 3-7 years with stable asthma. Lung deposition of the aerosol from both the commercial spacers and the homemade spacer were measured. The amount of aerosol deposited in the lung was greatest among children using the homemade spacer. To find out more about this study, read the article on the Archives of Disease in Childhood website at To learn more about homemade spacers, ask your pediatrician.

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