Although there is nothing painful about using a nebulizer, the treatment can be overwhelming and upsetting to some children and babies. Since deep breathing is the key to proper nebulizer treatment, an upset or crying child will not get an effective dosage of medication. Here are some tips to keep children calm during treatment, and even make it fun!
- If your child is old enough, involve them in the choosing process. There are several kid-friendly models of nebulizers including panda bears, penguins, teddy bears, trains, and more.
- Give the nebulizer a nickname and maybe even a personality. Let them decorate it with stickers if they choose. If a child is attached to the device, it can make treatment less stressful.
- Consider buying an extra mask or two for the whole family to wear, so your child will not feel alone during treatments.
- For infants, pacifier nebulizer attachments can assist a baby in inhaling the medicing through nasal passages more efficiently.
- Role Play: Pretend with your child that he or she is a firefighter, astronaut, pilot, or alien once the mask goes on and play along during treatment.
- Have your child think of treatments as time that you’ll spend reading or playing together. Pick a favorite book or game ahead of time and make it something to look forward to.
- Stick to a schedule. Maybe even have a decorated calendar or funny alarm that sounds when it’s time for treatment. Making nebulizer treatments part of a routine will make them less daunting.
We hope our pediatric patients and families will benefit from these tips. For further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact an Aeroflow representative at 888-345-1780.