5 Tips to do Nebulizer Treatments on Infants
[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.0.48″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.21.1″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”]Dealing with a sick baby can be hard. It can be even harder when you have to give nebulizer treatments. I’ve had to do these twice already with Sebastian and he is not a fan. Since we’re in the middle of cold/flu season and everyone seems to be getting sick lately, I thought I would share a few things I’ve learned while giving the baby these treatments. Of course, if you’re concerned about anything, contact your doctor and make sure it’s ok.
Do treatments while in his highchair. It’s so much easier to do these treatments when they’re strapped down. If I could do them in his carseat, I probably would because that wouldn’t let him move around at all! I know that sounds torturous, but it is really hard to get him to breathe in his treatment when he’s flailing like a fish out of water. If you have a 5 point harness for your highchair, that’s the next best thing.
Entertain the baby. I usually turn the T.V. onto Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and that helps to keep him somewhat calm. He loves that show and it’s fun for him. Also, we play with the facemask beforehand. I let him touch and play with it so he knows it’s not a torture device.
Give treatments when he is very tired or even asleep. It’s hard for me to do this while he’s sleeping because it’s really hard for the baby to fall asleep with anyone in the room. He likes to be on his own when he goes down fully and reaching him in the crib is not an easy. Not to mention, any noise will wake him, so I opt to give him his treatments when he’s really, really tired. He will still fight me, but at a certain point he will get tired of fighting and will let me finish giving him his treatment and I don’t have to hunt for his face.
Prep medicines out of his view. I used to prep the medicines in front of him, but then I realized that this would make him anxious. He knew what was coming and the moment he saw the medicine container he would start whining. I then started to pre[ everything out of view and it was a bit easier this way.
If the mask freaks him out, just use the mouthpiece and point it towards his airway. Sometimes playing with the mask would work, other times it wouldn’t. Sometimes nothing would calm him down, so I would just take the tube, point the “smoke” towards his chin, that way he could breathe it in through his nose or mouth. As long as he got some of the treatment, we were ok.
Afterwards, give him lots of love. Just snuggle with him and tell him it’ll all be ok. Make him feel secure again and explain that you’re only trying to make him feel better. Its must be scary for an infant to have this device making loud noises and blowing smoke in his face. Your job is to try to reassure your baby that you’re there for him.
I hate having to do something to him that scares him, but I know it’s going to help him get better quicker and clear out the yuckies from his little lungs.
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