How to use a nebulizer :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

How to use a Nebulizer

A nebulizer is a machine used to deliver asthma medicine deep inside the lungs. It is an asthma treatment option that can be utilized by both children 6 years old and under with a mask and children above the age of 6 with a mouthpiece. The medicine dispensed into the machine comes as a liquid, which then turns into a vapor and is easy to breathe in. If you have any further questions about nebulizers, contact your doctor's office, asthma care team or pharmacy.

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A nebulizer is a machine that is used to deliver asthma medicine deep inside the lungs. The medicine that  you put into the machine comes as a liquid, which then turns into a vapor and is easy to breathe in.

A mask is used for children under 6 years old.  A mouthpiece is used for children 6 years and older.

Kids using a nebulizer should be sitting upright to help them breathe in and out. It might help them sit still if you can give them something to do while they receive their medicine, such as reading a book.

Make sure your child keeps the mask on for the entire treatment, which can take up to 15 minutes. The nebulizer will start to sputter near the end of the treatment.  Turn off the nebulizer when the chamber is empty.

Clean your nebulizer chamber every day.  Unscrew the plastic chamber and soak in warm soapy water for 15 minutes.  Run water through it, shake off water, and set out to dry.

Remember if you have questions, call your doctor’s office, asthma care team or pharmacy.

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