Newest Review: ... so the doctor also prescribed this aero chamber to help me administer this to him. The chamber is designed specifically for young infa... more
STRESSFUL BUT SUCCESSFUL.
Aero Chamber Plus Device Infant Mask
Member Name: bishopview
Aero Chamber Plus Device Infant Mask
Advantages: DOES WORK WELL.
Disadvantages: CAN BE VERY TRAUMATIC.
My son suffers from asthma. He can go for long periods of time without needing an inhaler. But as soon as there is a change in the weather, his chest will become wheezy and he develops a really chesty cough. It is during these periods of time, he needs to take ventolin medication via a pump. It is an extremely effective medication and one which he will continue to need for the forseeable future.
When my son first presented with these symptoms as a baby, the doctor prescribed him this medication, he also prescribed a aero chamber device. This device enables a more effective dose of the inhaler to be breathed into the lungs.
This aero chamber which is more commonly known as a spacer, looks rather an odd item of equipment when first seen. It is a long plastic cylinder with two yellow plastic pieces attached to each end. The one yellow attachment has an area cut out in order for the inhaler to fit neatly into this space. On the other side of the cylinder is the other yellow plastic piece and this has a cloudy plastic mask attached. This mask is suitable in size for children and fits neatly over the nose and mouth area.
The general idea when concerning the use of this spacer is that the mask is placed over the nose and mouth and then the inhaler is pumped into the other end. This is very helpful in ensuring that a child has the write amount of medication breathed into the lungs.
Although there are cute designs of teddies printed onto the cylinder area of the mask. It doesnt take away the fact that this aero chamber is a really imposing and scary product. It is quite large in size and I can seriously understand why a child would feel threatened by this rather bizarre looking product.
Whilst in theory, this aero chamber is easy to use. It does take alot of practice on the carers part, in order to develop the correct administering method. There is a very comprehensive information leaflet included in the packaging of this aero chamber. It gives very detailed instructions on how to fit the chamber together, how to keep the chamber clean and how to use the chamber effectivley. I found these instructions to be of great value to me. It gave me reassurance and confidence in the administering procedure.
I have mixed feelings regarding the actula aero chamber. I do think it is a fantastic idea and does do the job effectively. However I think that this mask can be very harrowing for a small child. I have found that as the years have gone by, my son is now used to the mask and not phased by it at all. But this has not always been the case and when he was very little it would be quite a dreadful and upsetting experience for all of us. I found that sometimes he was so traumatised by the mask on his face that he would be hysterical. Obviously this did nothing to help his chest condition.
Another problem with this aero chamber is that many baby's and children wriggle and hit out so the mask may become free and the medication gets wasted. This can lead to alot of stress for the parent and the child. I found that me and my husband would end up having rows because we were both stressed out by the whole situation.
I should point out that I am a qualified nurse. Although I didnt specialise in children's nursing. But the point I am trying to make, is that when the patient is your child the situation becomes totally different and suprisingly, equally as unnerving as a parent who has no medical experience.
The cost of these Aero chambers are very expensive indeed. Although they are on prescription, some gp's are reluctant to supply you with more than one and so they have to be well looked after. I also found when my son started school, that he needed to have an inhaler and pump on the school premesis. This proved to be a problem as I had to try and get another spacer for home use which didnt really bode well with the gp.
I do value the aero chamber in high regard. It has certainly been of great assistance in the treatment of my son. He is now able to administer the inhaler via the spacer himself. Which gives him a sense of control and independence over his condition.
Summary: IS VERY EFFECTIVE BUT CAN CAUSE LOTS OF TEARS.
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