By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , /

This is a nebulizer with a
mouthpiece. There are different nebulizer cups. Your health care
provider will tell you which cup to use for your child’s
medicine. Different nebulizers can be used to deliver your
medicines. Read the manual’s instructions on how to assemble
the acorn nebulizer. Plug the compressor machine into an
electrical outlet. Place one hand on the bottom of the
nebulizer cup and the other hand on top. Twist the top of the cup
counter-clockwise to open it. If the medicine is in a multiple
dose container, draw up the recommended amount of medicine
with a dropper or syringe and place it into the nebulizer.
Then add saline if recommended. If the medicine is in a
pre-mixed single dose vial, open the vial. Pour the medication
into the nebulizer cup. Replace the nebulizer top by twisting
clockwise until secure. Plug one side of the clear plastic tubing
to the compressor machine and the other side of the tubing to
the nebulizer cup. Be careful not to tip over the nebulizer
and spill the medicine. The child should sit upright and be
awake during the nebulizer treatment. Place the mouthpiece
in the child’s mouth. Turn on the compressor machine. The
liquid medicine will start to bubble and a fine mist will come
out. If the nebulizer is not creating mist, pour out the
medicine, rinse with sterile water, and start over. If you
still do not see a mist, replace the nebulizer cup. The child
should breathe in and out normally until all medication is
gone. A treatment should take about 10 minutes, depending on
the nebulizer. If your child is able, instruct them to take an
extra deep breath every 10 breaths and hold it for 5 to 10
seconds before breathing out slowly. This helps the medicine
stay in the lungs longer and works better. Tap the cup so
droplets of medicine on the sides can be nebulized. You may
see and hear sputtering in the nebulizer cup at the end of the
treatment. All medicine should be gone before turning the
machine off. If the medicine is an inhaled steroid, have your
child rinse his or her mouth and brush his or her teeth after
each treatment. Make sure you rinse and spit and don’t
swallow. After each treatment, take the nebulizer apart and
remove the mouthpiece. Wipe off the mouthpiece and wash it in
hot, soapy water. Rinse with clean water. Air dry. Rinse the
nebulizer cup and lid with sterile water after each
treatment. Air dry. You can make sterile water by boiling tap
water for 5 to 10 minutes. Clean and disinfect the nebulizer once
a week. Clean the nebulizer by washing all its part with soap
and warm water. Rinse. To disinfect, soak the nebulizer
parts in a solution of one part distilled white vinegar, and
three parts warm water. Rinse with sterile water. Shake off
any excess water and air dry by placing on a paper towel.

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