With our two boys we’ve had a bit of a rough ride. Most definitely not as crazy or horrendous as some people, but it sometimes feels as though they have been sick more often than healthy in their short lives. Besides the recurrent ear infections – they’ve both had grommets put in and their adenoids taken out – they are also prone to bronchiolitis. Oh the joys.

Last week J caught a bit of a cold and it went straight to his chest. Coughing and wheezing – it really is quite frightening when their breathing is affected. So off we went to the doctor who ordered us back on to the dreaded nebuliser.

Toddler with hat

What is a nebuliser?

A nebuliser is a little machine that turns medicine into mist. This means that you are able to give medicine to your child that can be absorbed into the lungs more quickly than with other methods. It is used when your child is having respiratory difficulties (like asthma, bronchiolitis, croup and RSV – all the scary breathing problems).

How does a nebuliser work?

Some nebulisers require a mask to be strapped over your child’s face while others have a mouthpiece which can be held close to their mouth and nose. You usually put in a saline solution mixed with the prescribed medicine, turn the machine on and make sure the child breathes in the mist that comes out the nebuliser.

So what’s the problem?

The problem comes in when trying to make sure your child breathes in the mist. First of all, those masks are damn scary. As a parent you’re torn between not freaking them out but knowing they need to get their medicine.

Then, kids are professional squirmers, so it’s not easy to make them sit still long enough to use the machine properly. Plus you have to plug them in (the nebuliser, not the child) which makes the whole process a lot more awkward. This is especially tricky with loadshedding because you need to plan when to give them medicine based on the loadshedding schedule. As if we need any more stress.

And usually what’s a major issue is that nebulisers make a noise. A really weird, scary noise which does nothing to put your child at ease.

We’ve had to use a nebuliser for both boys. Honestly, it has never been a great experience. Getting them to sit still long enough to breathe in the mist was one thing, and the noise was another thing. We used one a few times, because it was necessary, but I always thought there had to be a better way.

What’s the solution?

Thankfully, there is a new nebuliser on the South African market.

It is a portable ultrasonic nebuliser, meaning you don’t have to plug it in (no worries about loadshedding), it’s really small, and it is virtually silent (hallelujah). It only weighs 230g so it’s super lightweight too.

Don’t believe me? Check it out:

This nebuliser can be bought online in the Owgels online store for R999.

If you are ever told you need a nebuliser by your paediatrician, give some serious thought to buying this little guy – it’ll just make everything so much less painful for everyone involved.

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