The delivery of inhaled medication to the young child

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2003 Jun;50(3):717-31. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(03)00049-x.


The effective and efficient delivery of aerosol medications involves physician factors (correct diagnosis and correct prescription of appropriate medications), device factors, and patient factors. For nearly all infants and children, the authors administer asthma medications either using a pMDI with a valved holding chamber or a DPI. Regardless of the device chosen, parent and patient education is critical for the appropriate use of the device, and frequent reinforcement of the educational message will often improve adherence and correct use.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Aerosols
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Asthma / drug therapy*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Nebulizers and Vaporizers*
  • Particle Size


  • Aerosols
  • Anti-Asthmatic Agents