A nebulizer is a device that turns liquid medicine into a vapor, or mist, that you can breathe in (inhale). Your child may need to use a nebulizer if he or she has a breathing condition, such as asthma or pneumonia.
There are different kinds of nebulizers. With some, your child breathes in through a mouthpiece. With others, a mask fits over your child's nose and mouth. The kind of nebulizer your child will use depends on his or her age. It is important that your child use the type that his or her health care provider recommends. Follow any special instructions that come with the device.
Before using the nebulizer
The best time to use the nebulizer is when your child is calm. If your child is younger than one year old, the best time may be when your child is sleeping. If your child is crying when you use the nebulizer, the medicine will not reach deep enough into the lungs.
Using the nebulizer
Cleaning the nebulizer
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.).
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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