Nebulizers are especially good for infants or children’s asthma medications. They are also helpful when you have trouble using an asthma inhaler or need a large dose of an inhaled medication.
Nebulized therapy is often called a breathing treatment. You can use nebulizers with a variety of medications, both for controlling asthma symptoms and for relief right away. These include:
- Corticosteroids to fight inflammation (such as budesonide, flunisolide, fluticasone, and triamcinolone)
- Bronchodilators to open your airways (such as albuterol, formoterol, levalbuterol, and salmeterol)
Nebulizer therapy has advantages over other types of inhalation therapy:
- It can be used at any age since the patient is not required to adjust his or her breath to the operation of the device and at the same time perform some actions, for example, press the spray can, hold the inhaler, etc., which is especially important in infants;
- No need to perform a strong breath allows the use of nebulizer therapy in cases of severe attacks of asthma, as well as in patients in old age;
- It allows the use of drugs in effective doses in the absence of side effects;
- This therapy provides a continuous and quick supply of medication using a compressor;
- It is the safest method of inhalation therapy since it does not use propellants (solvents or carrier gases), as opposed to dosing aerosol inhalers;
- This is a modern and comfortable method of treating bronchopulmonary diseases in children and adults.
Nebulizer inhalation with bronchitis provides direct delivery of the drug in the bronchi. The high concentration of drugs and the possibility of uniform distribution of the fine air mixture in the bronchi allow quickly alleviate the patient’s health. In case of bronchitis, the following drugs can be used for inhalation therapy with a nebulizer: bronchodilator drugs, medicines to facilitate the discharge of sputum, antibacterial agents, antiseptics.
Yes, it is safe to perform nebulization in infants and small children with breathing difficulty – but it should be done only if prescribed by the physician and only after following the instructions on the use of a nebulizer correctly. As a parent or caregiver, you should first clearly understand the steps to perform nebulization before you nebulize your child.
It is recommended that the nebulizer, mouthpiece and mask be thoroughly cleaned with hot water after each use and cleaned with a mild detergent after the last treatment of the day. lf your physician or respiratory therapist specifies a different cleaning procedure, follow their instructions.
Rinsing (after each treatment):
1. Disconnect the air tube, nebulizer, mouthpiece and mask.
2. Gently twist the nebulizer to open it.
3. Rinse the nebulizer, mouthpiece and mask with water.
4. Dry them with clean soft towel or let it air dry.
5. Reassemble the nebulizer when completely dry and put these parts in a dry, sealed container.
Please follow the following steps to disinfect your nebulizer unless otherwise specified by your physiciant is suggested that the unit is disinfected after the last treatment of the day.
1. Use one part white vinegar with three parts distilled water. Make sure mixed Ssolution is enough to submerge the nebulizer, mouthpiece, and mask.
2. Complete Rinsing Steps 1-3
3. Wash nebulizer,mouthpiece andmaskin warm water and a mild detergent. Then wash them in hot tap water.
4. Submerge these parts in the vinegar and water solution for thirty minutes.
5. Complete Rinsing Steps 3-5.
Cleaning the compressor:
1. Wipe daily with a damp cloth.
2. Do not use any powdered cleaners or soap pads, which may damage the finish.
- Cover the compressor with a clean cloth when you’re not using it. Wipe it with a clean, damp cloth if necessary.
- Don’t put the air compressor on the floor, either for treatments or for storage.
- Store medications in a cool, dry place. Some need to be kept in a refrigerator, and others should be kept out of the light. Check them often. If they’ve changed color or formed crystals, throw them out and replace them.