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By Gary Gordon
Lung ailments do not discriminate for or against the young. Even children can suffer from asthma severe enough to warrant the use of child nebulizers. If you are a parent, you will want to find a product that is easy to use and one that will not frighten your child, and if you are a pediatrician you will need an effective child nebulizer to allow your patient to get the fullest benefit possible from the medications.
Nebulizers work by forcing air through a liquid medicine. This then is turned into a breathable vapor, which is inhaled through either a mouthpiece or a mask. Inhalation is the best method of taking these drugs since they target the lungs, and if taken in a pill form, they would have adverse effects on the body. A child nebulizer must be used according to the pediatrician’s instructions. If all of the medicine is not taken, the benefits of the drug are lessened or lost.
Most young patients are scared to use nebulizers for children. For the medication to work properly, though, it must be actively inhaled. This means that the parent cannot just blow the medicated vapors past a sleeping child. The patient himself must use either the mouthpiece or the mask that came with the child nebulizer. After taking the treatment, it is important that the parent rinses out the child’s mouth and the mouthpiece or mask. This helps to wash away any remnants of the drugs in the mouth and the bad aftertaste that can occur with many breathing treatments. Especially if the child nebulizer dispenses steroids, the mouth has to be washed since left over steroids can lead to thrush, which is a yeast infection of the mouth. If symptoms such as white patches or areas inside the mouth appear inflamed, contact your pediatrician. He can recommend the best treatment, but do not stop using the child nebulizer unless specifically instructed to do so. Thrush is common in most infants even if they at not using steroids and it often cause no pain for the child.
Many of child nebulizer customers are patient’s parents, or they are from clinics or small medical facilities. Often for these people, budgets are often extremely tight, but needs are very high.
A child with asthma or other breathing problems must have their drugs administered in the proper manner. There are several options for giving respiratory medications to children such as child nebulizers, metered dose inhalers (MDI), breath actuated inhalers, and dry powder inhalers (DPI). In many cases, the maintenance of their symptoms is accomplished through the use of daily administration of asthma drugs such as corticosteroids. Most children older than five can give themselves these drugs through one of the inhalers, but for the very young, or should a child not be able to properly use an inhaler, he will likely need a pediatric nebulizers to deliver the medication.
Child nebulizers turn the respiratory medicine into a mist, which the child then breaths for at least five to ten minutes. It might be difficult for parents to keep their child still for the entire length of treatment. This is why many nebulizers designed for children have some sort of interactive component to engage the child and keep his interest while he is doing the breathing treatment. Many models will have a pacifier attachment to soothe the infant, but if the nebulizer is being used by an older child who is unable to wield an inhaler, a pacifier is not an option. For these children, there are now child and pediatric nebulizers that come with a set of building blocks with the machine itself serving as the base for the interlocking blocks. This has a two fold benefit in that the child is engaged, and he will not simply take the blocks to the other side of the room since he must build on top of the block base on the nebulizer. As hard as it is to keep the child near the nebulizer, he must do so to receive the entire dose of his medicine on a daily basis.
Pediatric nebulizers are one of the most effective methods of giving very young children and infants their inhaled medications. Since the drug is turned into a mist, the amount of the drug required is higher than with an inhaler. This is to ensure that the child receives the full dosage to help treat and maintain his asthma symptoms. A child nebulizer should only be used if the child is too young for an inhaler. This is because of the higher concentration of the drug, and thus higher risk of side effects, as opposed to the inhaler. Nebulizers should never be shunned for this reason, though, since by taking asthma treatment drugs is the only way to control symptoms and potentially save the life of the child. The need for medication must always come first, no matter how it is administered.
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