Life is in the breath and he who breathes half, lives a half-life . Breathing keeps us alive. While we are not sure how much pure air we inhale, the bodily function of pumping air into the body continues to work incessantly as long as we are alive. However, rarely do we realize the importance of the respiratory system in our body. But a slight breathing problem can pinch you to the gut and that’s when we realize taking care of it is really important. I have faced several alarming issues in the past with my son Kabir when he was really young.
Respiratory diseases have been reportedly increasing in the last few decades. A large number of our population has fallen prey to pollution, genetic issues and infections. Let’s not forget those who bring it onto themselves by the nasty habit of smoking. Blocked nasal cavities, swelling of the throat, sore windpipe, occasional coughing, runny nose or wheezing may be symptoms of asthma, whooping cough, bronchitis, tuberculosis or even pneumonia.
In due course of time, I learned that newer ways and devices have been introduced in the market that help combat respiratory disorders and infections. The most efficient way to get medicines into your respiratory system and produce desired results is through nebulization. I once used a nebulizer on Kabir when he was really young. For those of you who are new to this concept, a nebulizer turns liquid medicine into mist which the patient can easily inhale. In most of the asthma cases that I have witnessed around in a close circle of friends and family, a nebulizer seems to provide the quickest relief when taking a medicine.
As a parent, you will always be on top of your child’s health and medical needs. Because kids these days are suffering from various respiratory problems, it’s become crucial for parents to take the right precautionary measures and acquire the right treatment for their child’s condition.
So much so, lots of friends and family members have used Omron nebulizers because they were of the opinion that it’s an efficient and easy way to get their kids recover quick from ailments. But when my son had a flare-up long ago, and the doctor advised a nebulization, that’s when I had to know everything about these breathing devices.
There is nebulizer and then there is inhaler.
Nebulizers are easy to clean and can be disinfected effortlessly. A feature that I specifically like about these devices is that you can use it to administer multiple medications, instead of buying multiple inhalers and all the members in the family can use the device after disinfection in mild warm water , following each use .
So why not an inhaler, you may ask? I will slowly get to the pros and cons of both these devices but before that, it is indeed crucial to get a thorough understanding of why your child might need a nebulizer. To know more, keep reading on.
A nebulizer, can either be used electronically by inserting into an AC socket or battery-operated device that administers the drug directly into the lungs to provide relief from respiratory problems. An inhaler is a meter-dosed device that puffs out the medicine in a pre-measured spray. But children & elderly individuals can’t use this device effectively leading to deposition of medicine in the mouth , while a nebulizer provides best relief as you can breathe deeply and effortlessly for 7 to 10 mins to get quick relief.
Nebulizers and inhalers are really effective in providing quick-relief in most situations, but I prefer nebulizers over inhalers. The New Mesh technology nebulizers, for instance, provide discreet nebulization on-the-go & at any angle. Let’s see why nebulizers may best suit your condition –
- Require less training and are easy to use and reduce medication wastage
- Are most efficient in cases of emergency situations as they provide quick relief such as when the patient is having an asthma attack
- Nebulizers are really easy to disinfect
- All your child has to do is breathe; the machine does all the work
- They come in different sizes of masks that can be used for babies and small children to adults
- Inhalers produce short bursts of aerosol medication
- With inhalers, you need to coordinate breath and inhale the medicine quickly. Younger children and elderly individuals may not be able to coordinate or hold breath
- In case of trouble in breathing, inhalers may not prove to be effective as the medication might not reach your lungs if device is not used properly.
I had recently met a friend and over at her house, her two-year-old daughter was being administered medications through the Omron NEC-101 Nebulizer. She told me that there was some initial anxiety about using a machine in which you must breathe for 7-10 minutes. But once her baby learned that she could have fun while getting the treatment; which is just breathing; there was no problem! She was happily playing with the mask on and the whole process seemed less intimidating than having your child breathe deeper and co-ordinate their breaths to the exact time of administration.
Respiratory complaints in children are quite common. A slight change in weather and they are bogged down with irritable throat problems and more. I have heard plenty of mothers complaint that they face difficulty making their children take medications, but a nebulizer becomes so much convenient. It’s portable, easy to use and especially convenient for children as they can use it independently too. All they have to do is breathe!
I think once you’re over the trickier part, nebulizers are the easiest. Although, it’s best to consult your pediatrician as they provide the right guidance for your child’s clinical needs.