If your child suffers from asthma or other respiratory issues, breathing treatments (also known as a nebulizer) can have great benefits. Nebulizers, which deliver liquid or aerosol medications that can help your child to breathe, are usually given via a mask or mouthpiece. So what exactly are the benefits of breathing treatments for children?
When a child needs mediation delivered directly to his or her lungs, a nebulizer is often used to deliver it. Systemic medications often take some time to pass through the gastrointestinal tract and into your child’s bloodstream. However, breathing treatments can help deliver medication directly to the respiratory tract.
Respiratory Problem Prevention
In some instances, nebulizers are used as prevention for respiratory problems. When taken on a daily basis, long-term bronchodilators can help keep the bronchial tubes open.
Few Side Effects
Unlike many other medications, nebulizer therapy creates fewer side effects than oral administration of the same medication. Oral medication often results in headaches, tremors and rapid heartbeat. Additionally, nebulizers can reduce side effects that are common to steroids, such as high blood pressure, high blood glucose and susceptibility to infection.
Easy To Use
Unlike inhalers, nebulizers require very little effort, with the treatment flowing continuously. Inhalers, on the other hand, require breathing in when the medication is released. Also, the new, smaller design of nebulizers makes them easy to carry around. Taking between five and 10 minutes to fully deliver a dose of medication, nebulizers are also fairly quick.
If you believe your child may be in need of breathing treatments, consider taking him or her to a doctor as soon as possible. At Medical City Children’s Urgent Care our technicians are highly qualified and will treat your child with the utmost care. We also have a highly-efficient setup to allow you and your child to get in and out in no time.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.