Smog plus summertime equals many children in danger for respiratory trouble. In fact, according to EPA, summer smog sends millions into asthma attacks and thousands more to the ER. When a child has asthma, they're often prescribed an inhaler and a spacer. Spacers act as a holding chamber to increase the amount of medicine delivered to the lungs. It seems that young children just don't have the coordination to make the inhaler work by itself. So, without the space, hardly any medicine can get to a child's lungs. Dr. Deborah Young, with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta adds that "You can do everything perfectly and this will still happen, however you want to give them the best chance to be able to prevent a severe asthma attack."
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