How Can I Help My Child Use a Nebulizer? Sometimes babies and little kids have trouble getting asthma treatments with a nebulizer. Kids need to sit still for 15 to 20 minutes while they breathe in the medicine. Anyone with a young child knows just how hard that can be! These tips can help make treatment time go smoothly: Make it part of your daily routine. Use the nebulizer at the same time (or times) each day, so your child knows to expect it. Give treatment time a special name, like "breathe better time." Try to make it fun — read stories, sing songs, or pull out special toys just during nebulizer time. Watch a show together. Let your child decorate the nebulizer machine with stickers. Try having your child sit in a highchair. If that doesn't work, your little one might opt for sitting on your lap. For a squirmy baby, try using the nebulizer when your child is sleeping. If your child is afraid of the mask, you can talk about how it's a "pilot mask" or a "space mask." You might even show a movie about pilots or astronauts and use some of the lingo like "start your engines" before you turn the nebulizer on. You also can buy masks shaped like dragons and other animals. If your child is old enough, have him or her help you put the mask on, hold the tubing, and turn the machine on. Praise your child for a job well done! You also might give a small "prize" (like stickers or a simple toy) to reward your child for cooperating. What Else Should I Know? It's important to follow the directions for giving treatments exactly as prescribed. Kids who don't cooperate, don't keep the mask or mouthpiece snugly on their face, or who cry during treatment may not get a proper dose of their medicine. This can make an asthma flare-up more likely. That's why keeping your child happy and calm is important for successful nebulizer treatments. If none of these techniques work for you, talk to your pediatrician or pulmonologist . Back to Articles Related Articles Word! Nebulizer A nebulizer may sound like a space gun, but you don't have to be on a spaceship to use it. Read More Definition: Nebulizer A nebulizer is an electrically powered machine that turns liquid medication into a mist so that it can be breathed directly into the lungs through a face mask or mouthpiece. Read More Asthma Center Visit our Asthma Center for information and advice on managing and living with asthma. Read More Asthma Center Asthma means breathing problems. Find out what's going on in the lungs and how to stay healthy, if you have it. Read More What's the Difference Between a Nebulizer and an Inhaler? Inhalers and nebulizers are tools that help you get asthma medicine into the lungs. Find out how to use them. Read More How Can I Deal With My Asthma? Asthma is more common these days than it used to be. The good news is it's also a lot easier to manage and control. Read More How Do Asthma Medicines Work? Kids who have asthma need to take medicine. But what kind of medicine do they take and what does it do? Let's find out. Read More What's the Difference Between a Nebulizer and an Inhaler? People use inhalers and nebulizers to get asthma medicine into their lungs. Find out more in this article for kids. Read More What Are Nebulizers and Inhalers? Find out how these asthma tools help kids take their medicines. Read More Asthma Center Asthma keeps more kids home from school than any other chronic illness. Learn how to help your child manage the condition, stay healthy, and stay in school. Read More Asthma Medicines Asthma medicine comes in two main types: quick-relief and long-term control medicines. Even if a child takes a long-term control medicine regularly, quick-relief medicine is still needed to handle flare-ups. Read More Definition: Nebulizer A nebulizer is an electrically powered machine that turns liquid medication into a mist so that it can be breathed directly into the lungs through a face mask or mouthpiece. Read More Asthma Asthma makes it hard to breathe. Find out more in this article for kids. Read More Asthma Asthma makes it hard to breathe. But with treatment, the condition can be managed so that kids can still do the things they love. Learn all about asthma. Read More Asthma Asthma is a lung condition that makes it hard to breathe. Learn all about asthma here. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.