Did you know that one of every 10 children in the U.S. suffer from asthma? Children start showing signs of asthma typically at the age of five but some as young as two years old can suffer from the condition.
For some parents, the routine of administering nebulizer treatments to their young ones can be difficult but necessary. However in some cases, it may be better to implement this as a routine as opposed to having to wake your child for a nebulizer treatment.
If you find this ritual a difficult experience because your child is either restless or afraid of using a nebulizer, there are a few things you can do to make the process easier.
Imagine the machine, it’s sound, and the mist emitting from the nebulizer all at once; To a child, this can seem intimidating. Switch the nebulizer on before you secure the face mask and then allow your child to help you place the mask on so they can feel more connected to the process.
If your child has trouble staying put, try putting on their favorite TV show so they can be distracted while you set them up with their nebulizer.
As an added fun tip, you can use old face masks and place them on your kid’s stuffed animals so that they feel both comfortable and entertained.
It will take getting used to but soon, you and your child will be pros.