Pediatric Nebulizers: Improving Respiratory Health in Kids
This school year, kids will miss school for many different reasons. But, the top reason for missed school days? Asthma. Affecting nearly 1 in 10 kids under 18 years old, asthma is the most common chronic pediatric disease, causing a host of respiratory challenges that can affect children’s overall quality of life. Fortunately, nebulizers are an effective form of treatment that can help stop asthma attacks in their tracks and keep kids healthy.
The Challenge of Childhood Asthma
Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflamed airways, which results in restricted airflow. It is of particular concern for children, whose smaller lungs can be vulnerable to severe and quickly-escalating symptoms.
Yet those symptoms can be difficult to spot and treat in children. The primary signs of an asthma attack are coughing and wheezing, which can easily be confused with just general fatigue after children play. Other early warning signs that a child could be experiencing a respiratory episode include chest pain and quick, short, or labored breaths.
Prevention is key to minimizing asthma complications before they escalate or, if possible, before they even start. Studies show that parents often don’t catch asthma symptoms early enough, resulting in severe episodes that require a hospital visit – an outcome that may have been avoided with early intervention and proper home treatment.
“It’s important to know what medications to take when; there’s rescue and then there’s maintenance,” said Joe Zangrilli, RRT, VP of Clinical Operations. “What we see often is that when patients feel good, they stop following their maintenance treatment. But, that’s critical to avoiding flare up.”
Breathing Easy with Nebulizers
Inhalers are an effective and common treatment for asthma, but they are not always the best form of treatment for kids who are too sick, too young, or too afraid to use them properly. As an alternative, nebulizers are a proven pediatric treatment for asthma that reduces hospitalizations and provides many benefits for treating respiratory conditions in children.
Nebulizers provide a softer approach to inhaled respiratory medicine. The child can breathe normally through a nasal mask in treatments that last 10-20 minutes. They’re also portable, which enables parents to administer treatment on the go, just like with an inhaler. And, fun and cute carrying cases can help enhance the overall experience for children.
Nebulizers are compact devices that break up liquid medicine into fine particles that can squeeze through restricted airways and get directly to inflamed lungs. For this reason, nebulizer treatment is often absorbed into the bloodstream faster than other medication treatments and helps to provide children with relief from respiratory episodes sooner.
Because of their ability to efficiently and effectively introduce medicine into a child’s body in a non-invasive manner, nebulizers are commonly used to treat infants and toddlers who are suffering from asthma and other respiratory issues. Nebulizers are also used to treat bronchitis, respiratory infections or viruses (the top cause of asthma for infants), cystic fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and even allergies.
“The biggest key to living well with asthma for patients and their support systems is to understand what the triggers are and learning to manage those,” said Joe Zangrilli. “It’s all about education.”
Asthma and other respiratory conditions can be incredibly disruptive to a children’s, parents’ and caregivers’ daily lives, but proper treatment and management can help kids avoid missing out on school and activities, giving them the freedom to learn, explore and grow.
Every child deserves to breathe easy. Talk to your provider and insurance company today to see if a nebulizer may be right for your child.
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