A nebulizer is a device used to deliver liquid medicine in the form of a fine
mist (aerosol). It is sometimes used for
- The medicine can be given over a longer period
- It may be easier to use for small children or for people
who have serious difficulty breathing or have trouble using an
A nebulizer uses a face mask or mouthpiece to deliver medicine. You breathe in the medicine
face mask . The mouthpiece or face mask needs to be cleaned after each
In general, a nebulizer may not always be the best choice for
delivering daily asthma medicines to children because it:
- Is hard to keep the mask on the child's
face for the length of time needed for each treatment.
- Isn't mobile. It is an electrical device that must stay in place while the child uses it.
- Can be more
expensive to use than a metered-dose
- Can deliver more
medicine than is needed, compared with an inhaler and a
spacer . This makes it easier to give a child too much
- Needs maintenance on a regular basis.
If your child seems afraid to use a nebulizer, you may be able to help him or her by:
- Putting the mask on your own face first to show your child there's nothing to be afraid of.
- Have your child put the mask on a favorite stuffed animal to show that it isn't dangerous.
- Distract your child during treatment, such as by watching a favorite TV show together or reading a book to your child.
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|By: ||Healthwise Staff ||Current as of: March 14, 2013|
|Medical Review: ||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology