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What is a nebulizer?

Pediatric Supplier explains the use of a nebulizer and offers guidelines parents can use to help their child benefit from this asthma treatment.

 

Nebulizers are machines that you breathe into. After you put medication in the mouthpiece, the nebulizer changes it from liquid to mist that you inhale. The medication helps relieve symptoms of asthma and other lung conditions like COPD. A prescription is required to get a nebulizer. They can cost $50 and higher. Instructions will come with your nebulizer -- it's important to carefully follow these directions so that you get an effective breathing treatment. who needs them, how they work, and more.

Who Should Use a Nebulizer?

Several groups of people can benefit from home nebulizer therapy. For instance, the therapy is particularly effective in delivering asthma medications to infants and small children. It’s also effective for anyone who is unable to use asthma inhalers with spacers.

A nebulizer can be a very effective, even potentially lifesaving, tool for managing allergic asthma. They are, though, only effective when used properly. Used incorrectly, nebulizers may actually contribute to serious medical problems.

Some people make the mistake of using a nebulizer only to deliver quick-acting bronchodilators. These are medicines used on a “rescue” basis to get control over an asthma attack. But doctors generally prescribe the regular use of a nebulizer to deliver inhaled steroids. The purpose is to prevent asthma attacks.

You might be tempted to forgo nebulizer treatment when your child is not exhibiting any childhood allergy symptoms or signs of asthma. But to keep asthma from getting worse, it’s important to follow the doctor’s directions about how and when to use the machine.

Here are guidelines for helping your child use a nebulizer.

Using a Nebulizer: Getting Started

Before you start, be sure that you collect all of the materials you will need. These include:

  • air compressor
  • compressor tubing
  • mask or mouthpiece
  • medication
  • nebulizer cup

It’s a good idea to practice assembling the machine ahead of time. That way, you will be familiar with the different components and how they go together. Your infant or young child will feel much more comfortable about asthma treatment if you seem at ease and confident about what you are doing. This is especially true for babies, who will not understand what you are trying to do and may be scared by the unfamiliar machine.