Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment
A nebulizer is a device used to deliver liquid medicine in the form of a fine mist (aerosol). It is sometimes used for asthma because:
- The medicine can be given over a longer period of time.
- It may be easier to use for small children or for people who have serious difficulty breathing or have trouble using an inhaler.
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 inhaler (MDI).
- Can deliver more medicine than is needed, compared with an inhaler and a spacer. This makes it easier to give a child too much medicine.
- 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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology|
|Last Revised||March 14, 2013|
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