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Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment

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A nebulizeris 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 themouthpieceorface 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 ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

Current as ofDecember 6, 2017

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