Deinze - Paediatrics

Aersol for children

Please note

The info on this page only applies to patients and treatments at St Vincent General Hospital in Deinze.

What is it?

What is it?

As your child wheezes, an aerosol was prescribed by the doctor. In an aerosol, the prescribed medication is administered by nebulisation (or atomisation) using an aerosol mask and an aerosol device.

The aerosol mask with reservoir must be purchased and is personal. You can rent the aerosol device from the pharmacy, or from the mutual insurance company if needed for a longer period.

What will you need?

What will you need?
  • aerosol mask with reservoir
  • connecting pipe
  • aerosol device
  • socket
  • medication
  • clean cotton cloth

When do you give the aerosol?

When do you give the aerosol?

You should preferably administer the aerosol before feeding, as after an aerosol your child will cough up the loosened mucous, sometimes resulting in.

When your child is very hungry, it is better to give the bottle first. This way, the child does not get upset or too tired to drink after the aerosol.

How do you proceed?

How do you proceed?
  • Wash your hands.
  • Check that your aerosol tank is clean and dry. There should be no more water droplets in it.
  • Drip the medication into the aerosol container as prescribed by the physician.
  • Screw the mask onto the jar and connect it to the device.
    : always keep the jar with mask straight, otherwise the medication will be lost.
  • Put your child in a comfortable, upright position or take your child on your lap.
  • Hold the mask in front of your child's nose and mouth, then turn on the device. Your child may keep a dummy in the mouth during aerosol administration.
  • The device atomises the medication for about ten minutes.
  • In between, you may slightly shake the aerosol container so that the drops of medication fall back into the jar against the rim.

After the aerosol, your child can then drink his bottle of milk. If it has already drunk, offer it a sip of water. An older child can best rinse its mouth with some water. This way, you avoid a fungal infection in the mouth and the teeth will stay beautiful.

  • After the aerosol, rinse the mask, jar and float with really hot water.
  • Let everything air dry in a clean cotton cloth (sides open) that you change daily.

How frequently do you administer aerosol?

How frequently do you administer aerosol?

The physician always prescribes how many times a day your child should receive an aerosol:

  • either four aerosols doses a day (every four hours): morning - afternoon - around 4pm - before bedtime;
  • or three aerosol doses a day: in the morning - around 2pm - (for older children, possibly just after school) - before bedtime;
  • or aerosol twice a day: in the morning - before bedtime.

Always keep some toys or books handy to distract your child during the aerosol. A ritual with soothing music or a DVD can also help. Reassure the child: an aerosol does not hurt and makes things better. Gentle singing and rocking can work wonders.

Do you have any questions?

Do you have any questions?

Do you have any questions after reading this information? You can always contact your attending physician through the secretariat or a ward nurse: +32 (0)9 387 72 40.

Deinze - Paediatrics secretariat

Tel. +32 9 387 72 48

Are you worried or do have questions about your child's admission? You can contact the nurse in the paediatrics secretariat during the day . Please ask the paediatrics secretariat your non-urgent questions by email or by phone.

8am to 6pm8am to 6pm8am to 6pm8am to 6pm8am to 6pm

If the secretariat is unable to help you, the paediatrics nurse at St Vincent General Hospital in Deinze can also advise you.



Download the leaflet about aerosol for children here.