my son has just been prescribed an inhaler with a plastic attachment, how on earth do i get him to use it without crying, have tried playing with it pretending it is a toy, but to no avail, he is 20 months old?

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User - posted on 12/03/2008

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Oops.... sorry, I just re-read your question and realized that you're talking about a inhaler - not a nebulizer machine.



I would still try to "give a treatment" to yourself or his favorite dolly.



We also ask the kiddoes to quack or moo or sing into the mask - makes them take big breaths while being silly. Just be sure to keep the mask flush against their face.



If your toddler is like mine - he loves to watch things on the computer and TV - here are some fun things he can watch to help him learn about his medicine in a fun way - and perhaps it won't be so scary:



This site has a quick demo video where you get to help "Aero bear" take his medication: http://www.aerochambervhc.com/



Also on You Tube you can watch "Buster's Breathless" an Arthur video where Buster his friend has asthma and it teaches your toddler about the inhaler as well. It's really cute - takes a few minutes to get into the asthma part.



Hope it's helpful!

Charla :c)

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Krista - posted on 08/07/2011

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Seeing as this thread is quite old, I would assume that the OP has figured out by now how to get her child to use his inhaler. Thanks for all of your advice, ladies!

Krista
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Amy - posted on 08/07/2011

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my little girl is 2 and she has the same thing, we found that by mommy and daddy (and even the cat) pretending to have a go and getting her to show off to people and show them what a big girl she is and how well she can use it she seems to have finaly adjusted but it has taken a while, she also has a second chamber and an empty inhaler that she plays with giving her dolls and teddies their medicine! good luck hope it all works out.

User - posted on 12/03/2008

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my daughter was six months old when she first had an inhaler, i used a teddy she loved to get her used to it, teddy went first, she wasn`t to much of a problem i couldn`t do it when she was asleep without waking her. the only other suggestion is stickers children seem to love them? hope this is helpful. Amanda

Noel - posted on 12/03/2008

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are you talking about an inhaler like adults take or a breathing treatment/nebulizer?



My little boy also uses a nebulizer and he first started using it around 14 months. I tried it at first when he was awake and he freaked out. So I decided to try it when he was asleep and it worked great because he was asleep and didn't freak out. I did it whne he was asleep up until 4 or 5 months ago and now he is 2 and he is fine taking the treatment by himself and awake but I usualy have to make it fun for him by reading a book t him while he is doing it or by letting him watch tv or anything that makesit fun! Good luck!!!

Colleen - posted on 12/03/2008

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Mine was a copy cat. Wouldn't take for me but would for my husband. He preneded he was taking it in a silly manner of coarse to make it fun, then asked her if she wanted to try. did a dry run a few times. Also let her play with the aerochamber on her own for a bit to make sure she was "inhaling" After he did it a few time so did she, She enjoyed spraying the inhaler on her own too. Mine goes thru fazes were she won't take anything from "me", but will for "others".

Linda - posted on 12/03/2008

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We have a nebulizer but we chose not to have the mask kind but just the kind I can point at her and she breathes the "smoke". I sometimes let her bit on the mouth piece (she just not got her first tooth breaking through at 10 months) and sometiems I just put her in a highchair with cheerios or the exersaucer. The best is if I can manage to get her to sleep in my lap or nurse and then do it. Less fighting when they are zonked out.

LESLIE - posted on 12/03/2008

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if you do it...pretending of course he will see it is ok if mommy does it...also, let him hold it. if he cries, that does mean that he is getting the medicine he needs too. it sucks both my kids have to use it every winter....

Kristen - posted on 12/03/2008

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with my daughter we played spaceman she pretended to be an stronaut i dunno if it will work but good luck to you

Kate - posted on 12/03/2008

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Thank you all so so much, it is horrible having to give him the inhaler, but he has a terrible cough that just has not shifted for the last 4 weeks, so hopefully fingers crossed the inhaler will work and his chest will clear. Thank you all for your kind suggestions am definitely going to try them tonight xx

Elizabeth - posted on 12/03/2008

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even though hes cryin hes still gettin the benefit from it ,dont worry he will get used to it

Marta - posted on 12/03/2008

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My eldest had the same reaction when he first needed to use it. He has asthma which is induced through illnesses such as colds. Now that he's older he understands that it's medicine and it will make him feel better. I found that when I pretended to use it on myself he calmed down a little bit. If he's crying at least you know he's inhaling the steroid and that his lungs are feeling better.

Amadie - posted on 12/03/2008

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At that age, I think it's much easier to use a nebulizer, rather than an inhaler with a spacer. I couldn't get my daughter to use the inhaler, so the doctor switched her to a nebulizer and after one or two initial struggles (solved by letting her watch a TV show while doing the treatment), we haven't had a problem since. Now she even turns on the machine herself and sits quietly with a book during treatments.

Stephanie - posted on 12/03/2008

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My son had the same thing around that same age. He hated it when doing it in the dr's office but it wasn't so bad at home. We found something we knew he would be interested in watching on tv (the movie Elf) and eventually he was able to sit through the breathing treatment. Once we got through that winter he didn't have to do it anymore. Good luck!

User - posted on 12/03/2008

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Hi Kate!



That's a really difficult task to manage - so sorry you're little one is having to have treatments - hopefully the need will go away soon.



There are a few tricks that seem to help with a child this age:

1. Distraction is key! Try to give him his treatments while you are reading to him, watching his favorite show on TV, having someone blow bubbles - or get a bubble machine, etc.



2. Most supply stores have silly nebulizer masks - dinosaurs, chickens, fish etc... it may help if you let him pick out his own mask. Also, I know he's 20 months but they do have pacifier nebs instead of a mask options.



3. You can also get a mask (cheap one) for his favorite bear or doll, or one for yourself and (without actually attaching yours of coarse) you can all do a treatment together!

Fun for the family! :c)



Hope these things help - the greatest news is that most toddlers generally get used to the neb machine within 2-4 days because it becomes routine to them.

Make it fun - try not to use negative punishment --- as much positive praise as possible. And if worse comes to worse (and you have to bribe) - you could use a reward chart and he can get a prize once he has X amt of stickers on his chart.



Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Charla :C)

User - posted on 12/03/2008

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Hi, my son also got one when he was 18 mths, I sat him on my lap and let him have his dummy and then his inhaler puffs he got used to it quite quickly mainly as it was better than the nebuliser. when he was comfortable he would hold his dummy and we learnt to count to 10 while the spacer was on his mouth.

April - posted on 12/03/2008

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Try to show him how it can make your voice sound different when you talk in to it, like a papertowel roll. That work for my daughter.

Melissa - posted on 12/03/2008

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My son had the same thing, is it like a chamber with a plastic mask? It is hard but if he crys at least you know he is getting the puff from the inhaler. My son didn't like it but he is fine with it now. He is almost 3

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