Pediatric Medical Equipment Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about nebulizers, biliblankets, and sleep apnea monitors.

What is a Nebulizer?

A nebulizer is a machine that’s used to deliver medication to the lungs. A nebulizer machine converts liquid medication into a mist, which can then be inhaled. Nebulizer medications help treat child respiratory symptoms including reducing breathing passage inflammation, bronchial tube swelling, and the overproduction of mucus.

What is the difference between the various nebulizer medications? How do I know which nebulizer medication is right for me?

While nebulizer medications provide similar results, there are slight differences in the products. For complete differences and recommendations as to what medication is best for you, please consult with your doctor.

How much of the cost of my nebulizer medication will Medicaid or my private insurance cover? Will I be responsible for any of the costs?

In many cases, our nebulizer medications are delivered at no cost to the patient. For those that do not have complete coverage for these medications, the co-pay is minimal. But you must complete the Insurance Qualification form to determine your exact coverage; an Aeroflow representative will follow up with you within five business days.

How do I obtain my nebulizer medication using Medicaid or my private insurance provider?

Simply complete the Qualify Through Insurance form and we will contact your insurance provider to determine your personal coverage. We will then contact you before moving forward.

How often do I need to use the nebulizer/take nebulizer medication?

The usage interval of your medications is based on personal needs. Consult with your doctor to determine the appropriate times to use your nebulizer medication.

Should I be worried if my child gets upset while using a nebulizer?

A child who doesn’t stay still, cooperate or cries during nebulizer treatment may not get a proper dose of the medicine. Because the medicine is transmitted as a fine mist, if the mask is held away from the face then the medicine won’t reach the lungs. Crying is actually a long exhalation followed by a very rapid inhalation to catch one’s breath, so almost none of the medication will make it to the lungs if given while the child is crying.

What types or styles of child nebulizers does Aeroflow offer?

Aeroflow offers many different types of friendly and fun nebulizers for kids. Stylized nebulizer machines in the shapes of animals and toys can help a child feel more at ease taking a breathing treatment and encourages use. Our supply levels change, so please contact us to see if a particular nebulizer machine style is still available.

How do I clean the nebulizer?

Cleaning and getting rid of germs prevent infection. Cleaning keeps the nebulizer from clogging up and helps it last longer. DO NOT put anything other than medication, sterile/distilled water, or vinegar solution in the medicine cup of the Nebulizer. Click here for tips on cleaning after each use, daily and monthly.

What is the difference between a nebulizer and inhaler?

The biggest difference is how the respiratory medicine is administered. A nebulizer uses electric- or battery-power to turn liquid medicine into a fine mist to be inhaled through a facial mask. Inhalers are designed small enough to fit in your hand and deliver medication through metered-dose by pushing out a spray of medicine or powdered form to be inhaled quickly and deeply. Talk with your doctor about which treatment option is right for your child.


Should I protect my baby’s eyes from the Biliblanket light?

Eye protection is not necessary when the pad is wrapped around the baby. However, since any bright light can affect the baby’s eyes you should always turn the unit off before removing the panel. Also, never let your baby’s face lie directly on the lighted part of the pad.

Can I get two biliblanket lights, one for the front and one for the back?

Two lights are not necessary; since the blood is constantly circulating through the body, the bilirubin in the blood will cycle past the light. Also, insurance companies will not pay for more than one unit.

Why is my baby’s skin a different color in the area that the fiber optic panel has been covering?

The skin in direct contact with the pad is the first area where the bilirubin is broken down. This is not harmful, and since the bilirubin is in the blood, as the blood circulates to the lighted area, the rest of the bilirubin will be removed. As the bilirubin levels start to approach a normal level, all of the baby’s skin will return to a normal color.

Can the Bili Blanket phototherapy unit be moved?

You will want to wait for the machine light to cool before moving, as moving a hot light can cause the bulb to break. Turn the unit off and let it sit for 10 minutes to cool down before moving.

How often should I change the panel cover and vest?

These items should only be changed when it becomes soiled or wet. You do not need to change them every time the diaper is changed.

Can my baby get electrocuted if the light panel cover on the Bili Blanket gets wet?

No. The fiber optic cable does not transmit any electricity. The cable only transmits light.

Does a Bili Blanket put out heat?

The illuminator box may get hot, but there is no heat transferred through the Bili Blanket’s fiber optic cable to the light panel, so no heat will come in contact with the baby.

Can I hold and feed my baby while using the Bili Blanket?

Yes, you can hold and feed your baby without interrupting phototherapy treatment. You can continue with all of your baby’s normal routines while your baby receives treatment-except for bathing when the Bili Blanket will need to be removed.

How long will my baby need to use a Bili Blanket?

Treatment time varies from baby to baby, and your doctor will prescribe the amount of time based on the level of bilirubin in your child’s blood. Average treatment time is 24 hours a day (except bathing) for two to four days. Parents should not use the baby’s skin color as a judgment for the severity of jaundice; rather your physician look at blood tests to determine the exact levels of bilirubin.

What is a Bili Blanket?

Yes, you can hold and feed your baby without interrupting phototherapy treatment. You can continue with all of your baby’s normal routines while your baby receives treatment-except for bathing when the Bili Blanket will need to be removed.

What is an Apnea Monitor?

Apnea Monitors are machines that monitor the breathing and heart rate of infants in the home. The apnea monitor will alert you when there’s a pause in breathing or bradycardia, which is an abnormal slowing of the heart. The alarm on the monitor will sound to stimulate the baby, so breathing and heart rate can return to normal.

Should I keep the monitor plugged in when I’m not in the room?

Yes, keep your monitor plugged in at all times. This is what keeps the battery charged.

How do I clean the monitor?

Be sure to never immerse the monitor, cords or wires in water. Always remove the monitor before bathing your baby; this time is acceptable to have the baby off the monitor. To clean, simply wipe with a damp cloth.

What are the features and benefits of the SmartMonitor 2?

Aeroflow Healthcare provides patients with the Smart Monitor 2 apnea, the newest apnea monitor available for home use. It is portable and easy to use. It includes 2.0 MB of internal memory that can be used for continuous or event recording of cardio-respiratory events; this interface works with virtually all oximeter platforms. The monitor also features an internal modem option for remote access to data downloads and online real-time viewing for families and physicians. Our trained technicians also provide parent training of the SmartMonitor 2 upon delivery and setup.

Where should the electrodes be placed?

Sleep monitor electrodes should be placed halfway between the armpit and the nipple, at the mid-nipple line. Placement is important because it’s these semi-permanent electrodes that pick up your child’s heartbeat and respiration. Click here to read our blog article on tips for successful electrode placement.

What will cause the monitor alarm to go off?

Your monitor’s alarm will sound when your child stops breathing, your child’s heart rate falls below or goes above the limit set by your doctor, and when your child’s lead wires are dirty, need to be replaced or become disconnected.

How long will my baby need to use a sleep monitor?

The average time for most babies to be monitored is six months. Treatment time varies and your baby may need more or less time, as prescribed by your doctor.


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