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Asthma is the most common chronic condition that children face. This lung disease makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs, causing wheezing and difficulty breathing, as well as episodes that result in a narrowed airway. This can be due to swelling of the airway lining, tightening of the muscle around the airway, or increased mucus secretion. Asthma also makes patients susceptible to certain stimuli, known as "triggers," and these can particularly affect vulnerable children.
Asthma triggers may include:
There's a good chance you raise or know a child affected by asthma. Its prevalence is remarkable:
It's likely that your child with asthma will need regular medication or treatment which will require administration in home, school, or other non-medical settings. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of some of our pediatric asthma products to make the experience more comfortable and convenient for you and your child.
Sitting for a nebulizer treatment isn't fun for young children, who are prone to restlessness. A nebulizer is a breathing machine that uses an aerosol compressor to turn medication into a mist that can be inhaled directly into the respiratory system, and while this is useful and effective, it can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. That's a long time for a young child to be sitting still and wearing an intimidating mouthpiece. This Pediatric LEGO Nebulizer comes with a set of building blocks and has a top surface your child can connect them to, which both makes the nebulizer more friendly and the time pass more quickly.
Nebulizers can be scary for a young child. Sitting still can create restlessness and nervous energy on its own, but the noisiness of the machine combined with having to wear a mask can be a frightening prospect for children. This is especially the case if no one else in your family or child's friend group has to use a nebulizer; an unfamiliar machine without a parent or sibling to model its use is alienating. Among the best ways to make the experience less intimidating for a child is to use a machine with a fun, inviting design like this Sami the Seal nebulizer. It even comes with a Tucker Turtle aerosol mask to make the mouthpiece feel friendly as well.
Steam inhalation is one of the most common remedies for respiratory issues, especially the allergies, colds, and sinus infections that often accompany asthma. Moist, warm steam can ease irritation and swollen blood vessels in nasal passageways, allowing for easier breathing and thinning the mucus that may be blocking the airways. If your child has congestion issues related to allergies or respiratory infections, a pediatric steam inhaler with a friendly design may be just what they need! This fun Digger the Dog inhaler delivers vapor treatment in under 9 minutes and comes in a compact, lightweight design for easy use and transportation. Also available in Margo Moo Cow.
Many patients with asthma have excessive secretions of mucus that block the airways. These can be difficult to get rid of, as mucus helps our body trap pathogens and acts almost like an adhesive. Children with respiratory issues may not have the lung power to expel secretions by coughing alone, making the Acapella a great choice to aid the process. It utilizes an airway clearance technique known as vibratory PEP (positive expiratory pressure) to loosen and mobilize secretions in half the time and with increased comfort over traditional CPT (chest physiotherapy). It's easy and convenient to use, carry, and clean, making it the ideal choice for a child patient in need of bronchial therapy.