Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment

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Topic Overview

A nebulizer is a device used to deliver liquid medicine in the form of a finemist (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.

A nebulizer uses a face mask or mouthpiece to deliver medicine. You breathe in the medicine through the mouthpiece or face mask . The mouthpiece or face mask needs to be cleaned after each use.

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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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

Current as of: September 9, 2014