A nebulizer is used to administer liquid medicine in vapor form directly into the lungs of children and adults having asthma and other respiratory problems. Nebulizers open up clogged pores and provide relief to patients with breathing trouble.
A nebulizer for children is used for children with reactive airways disease. Reactive airways disease means that they show asthma symptoms when they experience a respiratory illness. They are not asthma patients but do sometimes suffer from asthma symptoms. Nebulizer for children helps to give relief to children when they experience these symptoms.
In this article, we will show you how to use a nebulizer for children to assist them in smooth breathing.
Some of the things that you will need are, obviously, a nebulizer, the nebulizer tubes and cups and the doctor prescribed asthma medicine.
– First, place the nebulizer on a flat surface, or you can also place it on a couch. If your child wants to take the medicine while watching his game show on television, let him do so.
– The next step would be to assemble the nebulizer parts together. Start by attaching the two cups to each other by screwing them into each other.
– Now take the liquid medicine tube and squeeze it into the top part of the cups. Let your child do this if you think he can handle it. The dosage of the medicine must be as per the doctor's prescription.
– The tubing needs to be attached to the compressor at the little point sticking out from it and to the cups containing the medicine.
– Now attach the mask or the mouthpiece to the cups. The mask is always easier to use for children. When you are using the mouthpiece, you will have to constantly put your finger on the other side to prevent vapour from escaping.
– When the equipment is set, put the mask over the child's head or the mouthpiece in the mouth and then, turn on the compressor. For a single medicine, the procedure should not take more than 5 minutes. The time taken will be double if you are giving two drugs.
– Once you turn on the compressor, you will see vapours forming. When no more vapor is emitted, the compressor will gasp, telling you that the procedure is complete.
– When the treatment is completed, wash the nebulizer parts with warm water and place them on a clean towel to dry. After a day's use, you should ideally wash the pieces with warm soapy water and keep the pieces covered with another clean towel to prevent dust or debris from getting into them.
If you know that, you will not need the nebulizer in near future, keep them packed in airtight bags. Change the parts as instructed in the user's manual or as instructed by your doctor.