It is hard for a parent to hear that their child has a problem or a disease, especially one for which there is no real cure. The good news is that although asthma is one such disease it is possible to manage it if you are careful and vigilant as well as having the right equipment such as a Clement Clarke nebuliser.
There is more than one type and style to choose from and you need to find the one which fits your needs. There is the Clement Clarke AirMed nebuliser, different styles of Clement Clarke compressor nebuliser and the Clement Clarke Travel Air portable compressor nebuliser. You will need to speak to a professional in order to find out which one is the best for you and your child, or adult patient.
Nebulisers are electric- or battery-powered machines that turn liquid asthma medicine into a fine mist that’s inhaled into the lungs. The user breathes in the mist through a mouthpiece or facemask. Nebulisers vary in size and shape, but can be a bit bulky and noisy and may need to be plugged in.
A child doesn’t have to “do” anything to receive the medicine except stay in one place and accept the mouthpiece or facemask. It usually takes about 5 or 10 minutes to give medication by nebulizer, and sometimes longer. Nebulisers can be less effective if a child is crying during use, since less medicine will be inhaled.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Be sure the doctor shows you how the nebuliser or inhaler works so that you can teach your child how to use it correctly. Improper usage may result in less medicine getting into your child’s lungs. Reviewing the instructions that come with the inhaler and practicing at home can help, too. If you have any questions about the device or if you’re concerned that your child isn’t getting the proper dose of medication, talk to your doctor.
Who should use a nebuliser?
Most people with asthma don’t need a nebuliser. It takes a lot more care to maintain the equipment, more time to take the medication, and the medication is much more expensive in liquid form. However, there are some situations where a nebuliser is still used:
If someone is really struggling to breathe in hospital or in an ambulance
If someone can’t use inhalers because they get confused, or have problems with their hands
For people who have a severe respiratory disease
For people who have lots of mucus and need the extra moisture in the nebulised treatment to help them clear out the mucus
Whichever type you decide to opt for, whether the Clement Clarke Air Med mains nebuliser or the Clement Clarke portable compressor nebuliser, the important thing to remember is that you need to use it correctly. You will also need to learn how to clean and maintain the equipment in order to ensure that it works properly. Asthma is not a pleasant thing to live with but it can be controlled.