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Helping Your Child Use a Nebulizer

Help your child get the most out of their asthma treating nebulizer. These simple guidelines show you how.

What to Do After Nebulizer Treatment

Once all of the asthma medication has been delivered, it’s important to disassemble and clean the nebulizer properly before storing. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • Open the nebulizer cup and clean it thoroughly with dish detergent and water, but do not wash or rinse the air compressor tubing.
  • Air dry the pieces in a clean location.
  • After they’re dry, store the nebulizer cup and tubing in a plastic bag.
  • Once a week, cleanse the nebulizer cup in a mixture of water and vinegar after you wash it. Check with your child’s doctor for guidance on proper cleansing.
  • Also, check the filter on the nebulizer every week and replace it as soon as it becomes discolored.

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Reviewed on December 18, 2008

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