Pediatric Nebulizer

A nebulizer turns liquid medicine to mist so that it is easily transmitted to the lungs. A nebulizer delivers medication directly to the lungs and is given to asthma patients or other patients with respiratory problems. Today, nebulizer are often used at home as per the doctor’s instructions. For babies with certain respiratory conditions, infant nebulizers are used for giving medicines.

In this article, we will show you how to use an infant nebulizer at home.

  • The things you will require are an infant nebulizer, doctor’s prescription and a chair.
  • First of all, you have to assemble the infant nebulizer properly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully while assembling the parts. Once the nebulizer is assembled, bring the nebulizer and the medication near enough to the chair so that you can reach it when seated.
  • Now sit in your most comfortable position and cradle the infant in your arms. Ensure they are comfortable in your arms because they are more likely to be tolerant of the procedure with infant nebulizer, if they are comfortable.
  • The next step is to pour the medication into the infant nebulizer cup. Then dilute with normal saline if the doctor has prescribed the same.
  • Now position the mask carefully and secure it over the baby’s face. If he expresses irritation due to the strap, you can hold the mask close to his face to have the desired effect.
  • The final thing to do is to turn on the infant nebulizer to begin administering the medication. The treatment takes five to ten minutes and when the mist stops, you should understand that the treatment is complete. Turn off the nebulizer when the medication is fully given.
  • If your child is expressing too much irritation to the nebulizer, do not force it on him. Instead, use it when he is sleeping for an easier medication. However, remember not to feed the baby just before the nebulizer treatment because the medication may make him cough and if he has a full tummy, he may vomit.