A nebulizer is a tool that delivers liquid medicine as a fine mist.
Your child breathes in the medicine through a mouthpiece or face mask. This sends the medicine straight to your child's airways and lungs. Your child breathes in the medicine for a few minutes.
A nebulizer may be used to treat breathing problems, such as asthma. It may be easier for small children to use.
Most medicines for asthma are inhaled. Delivery systems for these medicines include metered-dose and dry powder inhalers and nebulizers. Older children usually use metered-dose inhalers (MDIs). Nebulizers are used most often with infants.
A nebulizer is sometimes used with daily controller medicines for asthma. It also may be helpful when it's hard for your child to breathe during an asthma attack.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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