Is Nebulizer better than Inhaler for Your Kids?

Seeing your children in pain can be a hard thing to watch. As parents, we try our best to help them get better. When it comes to breathing and lung-related diseases, doctors recommend medicines that usually include the usage of either an inhaler or a nebulizer. Read on to see which can be a better choice for your child.

What are Nebulizers?

A nebulizer is a machine used to change liquid medication into a vapor that you can inhale through a mask or mouthpiece. Diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD), and other lung-related issues are where nebulizers come in handy.

Benefits of Nebulizers include:

Benefits of Nebulizer
  • Ease in delivery of medication
    • As nebulizers send medication directly to your lungs, they work more quickly than other medications.
  • Can Be Preventative
    • These devices are used to prevent respiratory problems from getting worse or from developing in the first place.

  • Easy to Use
    • The simple design of a nebulizer enables users to relax and focus on other tasks.

  • Fewer Side Effects
    • The nature of nebulizers includes fewer side effects than medicine taken by mouth or injection, including a reduced risk of short-term issues like rapid heartbeat, headaches, and tremors.

Inhalers

Inhalers send short bursts of aerosolized medication directly into the mouth and can work in seconds. However, there is a chance of medication getting wasted if the technique used is wrong.

Difference between Nebulizers and Inhalers:

Nebulizer

Inhaler

More accurate medicine delivery thanks to the face mask

Room for error in terms of medicine delivery exists 

It can be used for longer periods

Can be used only until the medication dosage runs out

Portable and non-portable options   

Portable

Medication delivery takes longer

Medication delivered quickly

The user needs to measure it on their own

Medication may be pre-measured per puff

 

Inhaler or Nebulizer? Which is a better option for Kids?

Nebulizers, in contrast to inhalers, create a cloud of mist that's breathed through a face mask, making it convenient for a child to use and easy for a parent to handle.

While each provides similar benefits, inhalers require users to breathe in while the medication is released, which requires the active participation of your child, which can come off as a little tricky.

Your child's age and abilities are essential aspects to consider before deciding, but most children start with nebulizers.

Inhalers are suitable for people who need a quick and easy solution while on the go—typically suggested for individuals who are capable of handling it properly.

The correct method of nebulizing your child at home:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Connect the hose to an air compressor.
  3. Fill the medicine cup with your medicine. 
  4. Attach the hose and mouthpiece to the medicine cup.
  5. Place the mouthpiece in your child's mouth. 
  6. Make sure they keep their lips firmly around the mouthpiece 
  7. Ask them to breathe through their mouth for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Turn off the machine when done.
  9. Wash the medicine cup and mouthpiece with water and air dry

The best nebulizers available in Qatar are:

Care n Cure Pharmacy provides the best quality of nebulizers online in Qatar at a very affordable price. Have a look into those:

Rossmax Heavy Duty Piston Nebulizer NB500

Rossmax Heavy Duty Piston Nebulizer NB500

Majorly used in hospitals, recommended for respiratory disorders such as COPD and Asthma as well as intensive use in general.

Yuwell Nebulizer Compressor 405B

Yuwell Nebulizer Compressor 405B

Best suitable for frequent travelers via its universal power input and comes with a zipper pouch for storage.

Rossmax NA100 Piston Nebulizer

Rossmax NA100 Piston Nebulizer

The proprietary adjustable valve is able to deliver medications of different viscosity levels according to every user’s conditions and needs at ease.

Ame Ultrasonic Nebulizer Nb02La

Ame Ultrasonic Nebulizer Nb02La

An ultrasonic nebulizer, It is a one-of-a-kind nebulizer that comes with a wide variety of features.

Conclusion:

Inhalers and nebulizers work the same, but the right choice for your child heavily depends on their age and understanding of the mechanism of its usage. Remember to always listen to your doctor's advice to help you towards the journey of healing.

It is suitable for frequent travelers via its universal power input and comes with a zipper pouch for storage.

 


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Medically reviewed by Tina Joy, Pharmacist, Care n Cure Pharmacy