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    Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment

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    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 .

    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.


    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

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