Neva - posted on 02/01/2012
I would have a very special book or video that is only read or watched while having nebulizer treatments. Sit him on your lap and hold the mask on his face and read the book or put the video on. When he gets through a treatment, give him lots of praise. Another option is to ask your doctor for an inhaler with a spacer and mask. Squirt 2 puffs of the inhaler in the spacer, put the mask over baby's mouth and nose and leave it there until he has breathed in about 5-6 times. This takes much less time than a nebulizer treatment.
Liz - posted on 01/31/2012
Is he actually wheezing, or does he just have some broken-up phlegm in his throat? It can be hard to tell at times. If he really is wheezing, then you'll want to give him the breathing treatments. I suggest getting a stethoscope and trying to listen to his lungs when he's sick. It can still be kind of hard to tell, (especially if he's a wiggly kid, which I'm sure he is, being 16 months old) but it may save you some energy if you don't have to do the treatments. When you do have to do the treatments, it may be easier (if possible) to do them while he's asleep. Sure, you can't put the mask (if you have one) over his face without waking him up, but you can hold the tube right up to his face. If you put him to bed with a fan or radio on, it will be easier to turn the machine on without waking him up. Good luck!
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