How to Use a Nebulizer


What is a nebulizer? A nebulizer is a device that is used for breathing treatments. It changes liquid medicine into a mist. The mist goes into your lungs when you inhale (breathe in).

How does a nebulizer work? A nebulizer consists of a machine to power the nebulizer and a tube that connects the machine to the medicine container. The medicine is changed into a mist in the medicine container. The machine or container has a valve that can increase or decrease the amount of mist you receive. You breathe in the mist through a mask or mouthpiece.

How do I use a nebulizer?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a nebulizer?

How do I take care of my nebulizer?

What should I know about my child's nebulizer? There should be a snug fit between your child's face and the mask for the medicine to reach his lungs. Your child may not receive the medicine if he cries or tries to fight the mask. Do not hold the mouthpiece or tubing near your child's nose or mouth. This will not deliver the medicine to his lungs. Quiet inhalation is the best way for the medicine to reach your child's airways. Encourage your child to play quietly during the treatment.

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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