Nebulizers (also called a breathing machine) Nebulizers make a mist out of liquid medicine. Patients who cannot use an inhaler can receive medicine for their asthma with a nebulizer. Both controller and reliever medicines can be given by a nebulizer. Nebulizers are the cup that attaches to the air compressor. But the whole set-up is called a Nebulizer or breathing machine. There are many different types of nebulizer cups. There can be big differences in how long each one can be used. Check with your Health Care Provider regarding how long you can use your nebulizer cup before replacing it. 1. Remove the top of the nebulizer cup and place the medication into the cup. 2. Replace the top. Make sure it is tight. 3. Attach the tubing from the machine to the cup. Place the mask on your child’s face. It is very important that the mask fit well so that your child gets as much medicine as possible. 4. Turn the machine on and encourage your child to breathe normally. Take a deeper breath every 6 to 10 breaths. Try to entertain your child so that they do not cry. Crying reduces the amount of medication that gets into the lungs. If your child uses a mouthpiece make sure they are breathing through their mouth during the treatment. 5. It should take 6 to 8 minutes for the medicine to be finished. If you still have medicine in the cup after 8 minutes, it is probably time to get a new cup. 6. The nebulizer cup and mask or mouthpiece should be rinsed out after each treatment. Page 2 7. Wash the nebulizer cup in warm, soapy water daily. Clean the cup more thoroughly weekly. To clean the cup you can: • Soak it in 70% isopropyl alcohol for 5 minutes then rinse it well with sterile water Sterile water is water that has been boiled for 5 minutes then allowed to cool before using. • Soak it in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes then rinse it well with sterile water Sterile water is water that has been boiled for 5 minutes then allowed to cool before using. 8. DO NOT WASH THE TUBING! If you see water or moisture in the tubing it should be replaced. 9. After cleaning, place the parts on a dry, clean paper towel. Cover the parts with another clean paper towel. Once the parts are dry, story them in a dry, clean bag. 10. Wash the cup and mask or mouthpiece more often if your child is ill. 11. Do not share cups, masks or mouthpieces between children. Make sure each one has their own unit. When giving your child a nebulizer treatment, use a mouthpiece or a mask to give the medicine. Do not just hold the cup in front of your child’s face. This does not deliver any medication to your child.
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