Nebulization Treatments for Respiratory Illness
One of the most common issues we see our young patients facing is a respiratory illness like asthma. This is often because of Houston’s warm, moist air that breeds mold and bacteria. As a result, we’re often left trying to determine what the best course of treatment is for patients. Sometimes we opt for incentive spirometry to improve lung function while other times nebulization treatment is a better option.
A nebulizer takes a medication and transforms it into a mist so that a child can more easily breathe it in and absorb it. This treatment is particularly effective on children who are too young to take an asthma inhaler and in situations where large doses of inhaled medications are necessary.
To use a nebulizer, you simply add your medication cartridge to the nebulizer’s cup, place the mask over your child’s nose, and have them breathe through their nose until the medication has been completely delivered. Once treatment has finished, you simply store the nebulizer until its next use (every three days, it should be cleaned to avoid any build up that develops from residual moisture).
It helps to have your child situated in a comfortable area with activities to keep them entertained, like coloring books, blocks, or books. To get the most from the treatment, we recommend children take slow deep breaths and, if possible, hold their breath for a couple seconds so the medication can set it.
Whether your child has asthma, pneumonia, or another respiratory illness, we recommend you bring him or her in for an exam to determine what’s causing their distress and how we can treat it. Nebulizer treatment is often a great option because it’s simple, pain-free, and non-invasive.
Contact us to schedule an appointment today and learn more about how nebulization treatments can help get your child feeling back to their old self and enjoying being a kid!