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Helpful for inhaler use with young children
Aero Chamber Plus Device Infant Mask
Member Name: jillycat
Aero Chamber Plus Device Infant Mask
Date: 17/02/13, updated on 27/02/13 (108 review reads)
Advantages: Compact sturdy easy to use easily able to see and hear if they are breathing the medicine in
Disadvantages: Still tricky to get a baby to use this
Recently my son had a respiratory infection and alongside antibiotics my GP prescribed for our 10 month old an inhaler to use to help open his airwaves to make it easier for him to breathe as his chest sounded tight. The inhaler was Ventolin that is used to treat asthma but he informed me that this was the correct medicine to help open my son's airways during his infection and that this was only a short term use. Alongside this inhaler he prescribed the Aero chamber plus device. When I collected this for the pharmacy the pharmacist showed me how to use this with my son and gave some tips on technique to get him to use it.
The chamber is a sealed device that has at one end a soft orange section that the Ventolin inhaler tube slots into. At the other end there is a clear plastic mask that has a valve on it allows the exhaled air out of. The tube itself is made of clear plastic with a picture of a teddy bear on it and teddy bears lungs. I think this is to try to make it appeal to young children but the teddy bear pictures have no interest to my son at 10 months at all and certainly don't make him happier to use the chamber. How much the actual pictures will help older children take to the chamber I am unsure. The chamber itself is made from tough clear plastic and this has coped well with being knock and dropped by my 10 month old with no cracks in it during the couple of weeks of use.
To use the chamber is very simple you insert the inhaler at the orange end where there is a gap you then hold the mask over your child's mouth and nose and press the inhaler and allow them to breath the medicated air for a minute and if you then have to do two inhalers you repeat the process. Now when I say it is simple to use it is but the real tricky bit is when you put a child into the equation. Now my 10 month old son when faced with this was not the happiest child or the keenest to use it. The pharmacist had recommended letting him have a play with it to get him use to it. We did try this with it but really in the week or so that we were using this even though he had played with it he never was really happy using the chamber and it often resulted in him being upset using it.
The small mask fit nicely over both his nose and mouth and it was easy to get a nice seal with it initially but then as I depressed the inhaler it would come away slightly from the face. But I had been assured by the pharmacist that the value allowed the medicine to be locked inside till it was breathed so I was reassured as I quickly got it back into place that none of the dosage was lost. It was this holding it in place that caused most of the frustration for my son as he just wanted to pull it away from his face to hold it and play with it. We had to experiment with different positions to see what would enable him to get to take the medicine. We personally found that to lay him back in our arms with one hand tucked under my arm being the best. Once in this position he would allow me to a degree to hold the mask over his face. He liked to try to reach for the inhaler itself and this reaching would generally enable the first minute to pass without too much fuss then we would have a bit more difficulty with the second dose.
The other option we tried on the recommendation of the pharmacist was to give him the inhaler whilst asleep. We did this with only a modicum of success as he wriggled away from it even in his sleep.
The value that is on the mask section works well and in a lot of ways hearing this going in and out I found to be reassuring that I had both a good seal as it didn't sound if there wasn't a seal. Also by hearing the value going in and out I knew he must be breathing rather than holding his breath during the time the mask was on so the medicine was going in.
Whilst I can't whole hearty recommend this device for getting your child to take an inhaler it certainly was easier to do this with my 10 month old than get him to take the inhaler properly. Also this device I found to be more user friendly than the spacer devices I have seen previously during my nurse training and tried to get children to use. So 5 stars from me for it did help my son to take his medicine and it did help him with his breathing. As we got this free with his prescription I can't really comment on value for money but it can be bought for around £13 from chemist direct and compared to the bulkier spacer devices this sleek chamber is much better. This is due to its compact design and it is much sturdier and portable if using long term with asthma.
Summary: A great aid to getting young children to take inhalers
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