Handy Portable Nebuliser for Kids
After shifting from a humid city Mumbai to a dry air city Pune, my elder son got a dry cough for a week. Doctors had prescribed use of nebuliser at home. You can use the nebuliser special medicine or even just the saline water for steaming like effect.
FAQs of Using Home Nebuliser for Kids
1. Can I try Nebuliser without doctor’s consultation?
NO. You should not do that. Nebulizers are very helpful in getting rid of the respiratory problems in babies and adults but it should always be taken after a doctor’s consultation. Doctors prescribe different nebulizer medicine for different issues and that too in a specific amount. So, you can’t afford the risk of choosing the medicines and their amounts by yourself and end up deteriorating the health.
Instead, you can go for a humidifier if your baby is below 18 months which will provide a great relief in old, cough and congestion. And, if your baby is above 18 months, you can go for the steamers. These can be some great alternatives to nebulizers if you haven’t or don’t want to consult a doctor.
2. How to make a baby let use nebuliser?
Babies and toddlers won’t agree to use the nebuliser so easily. The noise and the touch of the nebuliser’s nozzle and steam coming on the eyes make them hate it.
Here are some tricks which may work to get it done easily.
1. Do it yourself first without even asking your child or baby. Kids love to try and explore what is not meant for them due to the mystery.
2. Distract them when they try to remove it. A storybook, a video etc. may work in this case.
3. Don’t try it when the baby is sleeping as baby’s back must be in the upright position. But, you may try it when baby is sleepy so that it will be easy and effective as well.
4. Reserve a new toy. Every baby gets distracted when gets a new toy.
Important Note: Don’t take kids out of the room or in a windy place just after the nebulisation. If you are at a clinic then wait there for 10-15 minutes after the nebulisation.
3. Is Nebulisation effective for babies/toddlers?
Of course! Babies often get sick due to congestion, cold and respiratory problems. Adjusting the room temperature according to baby’s convenience is a big deal. Nebulisers use a liquid medicine which goes directly to the lungs in steam form to provide relief from the respiratory problems.
Nebulisers have a mask which is helpful for small babies who can’t hold the mouthpieces of intentionally throw them every time they feel something bizarre in their mouth. Nebulizers provide instant relief in the case of a stuffy nose as well and it is a great way to provide quick and temporary relief from respiratory problems.
Recommended Handy Nebiliser for Kids to buy Online in India
I have used this one: Nulife Handyneb Pistontype Compressor Nebulizer
Its compact and easy to operate.
How to use nebuliser at home: step by step
The primary components of a nebuliser are compressor tube, medicine, air compressor, nebuliser cup, mask (mouth piece if the baby is not too small).
First of all, try to make the machine and its components familiar to the baby by making them visible to him from time to time. Here are the basic steps that you can follow while using a nebulizer for your baby/toddler.
1. Clean all the components
Even if the nebulizer is new, you should wash all of its components once before using it. You never know what can infect your little one and add to your worries.
2. Get the setup ready
Assemble all the components of the nebulizer before using it for your baby. Put the medicine in the right place as prescribed by the doctor. As shown in image below.
3. Put the mask on your baby
Wash your hands. Gently put the mask on your baby. Make sure that you have attached the mask with the nebulizer cup containing the medicine. You can adjust the mask as per your baby’s convenience through the elastic strap.
4. Keep an eye while nebulising
Switch on the nebuliser. Always stay with the baby while nebulising him/her. As it includes a medicine and electrical phenomenon, you should not allow your baby to sit alone with the active nebulizer. You may keep him/her on your lap. Make sure there is no gap while putting the mask on his face. If there is any gap, the vapour/mist will leak and the process won’t be too effective. Check whether the baby is able to breathe properly while wearing the mask.
5. Make the process a fun activity
Small babies often cause hindrance while using a nebulizer. They throw the accessories here and there and keep moving all the time. You can make the process a fun activity by playing his favorite game or song during nebulising. You can do something for 5-10 minutes which keeps him/her engaged for this much time and minimize your efforts.
6. Don’t use it if he/she is crying
When the baby is irritated to crying, it’s not a good idea to use a nebulizer on him/her. When you force a crying baby to inhale a medication through the nebulizer, he/she will get scared as they are already in a bad mood. Moreover, when they are crying, the inhalation process becomes short while exhalation is longer, minimizing the benefits of the nebulizer medicine.
7. Wash it after every use
Washing the parts of the nebulizer before and after use is very important. You may not want to make your baby sick or any other member of the family sick using an unwashed nebulizer which has germs or bacteria on it.
So, these were some essential tips and facts about using nebulizer for babies and toddlers. Apart from following the instructions from the doctor, also have a look at the product’s instructions from the maker. Though most of the nebulizers work similarly and need a common setup, you should read the manufacturer instructions once before using it.