Breathing treatments are commonly used to help open the airways. An instrument called a nebulizer may be used to help deliver medication deep into the lungs. Medications most frequently used for breathing treatments are beta-2 agonists (such as albuterol). Beta-2 agonists work by helping open the airways in the lungs allowing for more oxygen to enter the lungs, thereby enabling the child to breath easier.
A nebulizer treatment (“neb ”) gives medicine as a fine mist that is breathed into the lungs. The medicine is made into mist form by using an air compressor and a
nebulizer (“neb cup”). Nebs must be given as instructed in order for
them to work.
Often medicines can be mixed together in a neb. If you are giving
more than one medicine, check with the doctor or pharmacist about
mixing the medicines together.