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#1 beachgurl

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:43 AM

Z's had a rough cough for a long time so the doctor told me to get some ventolin and see if that makes a difference. I also bought a spacer. Zoe won't go near it and the only time she did she was blowing rather than sucking. Any tips?

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:56 AM

Get her to blow, then quickly spray as she is inhaling to blow again.
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 10:42 AM

Jackson has asthma so has been having flixotide and ventolin with a spacer for ages.

He too hated it when we first got it but I made it into a bit of a game - got all his favourite teddies etc and said "Elmo's turn, teddy's turn, mummy's turn, daddy's turn, jackson's turn" and he would have it after all of us had a "turn". I also made a big deal "Good BOY elmo, what a good boy you are teddy" etc etc. So then he wanted a turn and wanted to be a good boy too!! It worked for us and now it's just a matter of course that he has his puffer every morning and night.

I like Ems idea too. Good luck, and hope it helps her too smile.gif
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Posted 23 July 2011 - 10:48 AM

QUOTE(LoveSweetpea @ Jul 23 2011, 10:42 AM) View Post

He too hated it when we first got it but I made it into a bit of a game - got all his favourite teddies etc and said "Elmo's turn, teddy's turn, mummy's turn, daddy's turn, jackson's turn" and he would have it after all of us had a "turn". I also made a big deal "Good BOY elmo, what a good boy you are teddy" etc etc. So then he wanted a turn and wanted to be a good boy too!! It worked for us and now it's just a matter of course that he has his puffer every morning and night.


We found the same thing- Daddy & I take a turn as well, and then he's eager to have it. He has now gotten to the stage where he steals into the bathroom and runs around breathing into the spacer, then laughs manically ph34r.gif

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 01:28 PM

Bee's been on Ventolin and a preventer for a good year, now.

We give it to Roosie (comfort toy) first, then her turn. I sit there and sing to her while she breathes it in. And she's now keen to "press the button" (push the puffer) so she does that, too, and holds one while she has the other.

If she's coughing badly late at night I have to hold her down to give it to her still ph34r.gif but apart from that she's fine with it.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 02:52 PM

We're an asthma household too. We've not had too many dramas looking back, but have always encouraged and vocalised that it will make her feel better. We all had turns to begin so that's obviously contributed to its acceptance.

I've found that just breathing into it normally and on the exhale we press the puffer. DD2 gets a bit dizzy if she breathes too hard.

I've also found that it is sometimes easier to do when the kids are asleep. I just listen for the click click of the valve each time they breathe.

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 03:25 PM

Will has been on ventolin and a preventer for over two years now and he haaaated it for the longest of times. It's just a matter of them getting used to it and making it 'fun'. We got Will to decorate his spacer with stickers etc which seemed to help - and it gave him something to look at while having the puffs

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:19 PM

Do whatever you have to do to get her to take it. Whether that is trying to make it fun, or having to pin her down.

They are going to hate it from teh beginning, scream, cry etc, but like the hospital always told us, if they are screaming at least they are inhaling it really well wink.gif T has been having a preventer and reliever for 3 years now and she is mostly good, but there are times when i still need to hold her down to take it. Middle of the night is the worst but thankfully we haven't had to do those in a while.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 03:32 PM

I got really great advice when we were told to that DD needed it as she has illness induced asthma a little time ago.

Both the Dr and Pharmasist said to let them play with the spacer first before you try giving to her so she gets use to the look of it, let her see you putting the mask on your face and then see if they will have a go at doing it.

Once she done that we made a game out of it. She would put it on her face we would press the puffer and then count to 5 by hold up our hand and using fingers to show the number that you are counting.

Once she made it to five we would make a big deal out of it and she could give us a high five.

This method worked really well for us and she got it within a couple of goes. Now the puffer does not faze her at all.

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 07:40 PM

We're new to it...been three weeks now...and Seamus is still a baby, not a toddler...for us, it is the pin him down on the conch method ph34r.gif sad.gif I tend to go with the idea that if he is screaming g at least he is taking great big breaths. It makes me feel better because the whole thing is horrid.

I can't even image what we will do when he is a toddler. The teddies taking it first and sticker decorating sound good smile.gif

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 09:29 PM

Do you have a mask? It makes it so much easier, rather than having them sucking on the spacer.

Henry has been on asthma meds for about two years now, so he's quite good about it. He's definitely been through stages where we have had to pin him down. It's horrid, but we had to do what worked.

Just a word of warning about giving the puffer to a teddy... I did this once recently when he was refusing to take it, and he absolutely flipped. When we were starting to give it to him I let him play with it, and then sat him on my lap with a toy so his hands were busy while I took it. He likes to 'help' now, but still has his moments!

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 10:36 AM

we started with a little face mask that attached to the spacer, but now he's just happy to take it with the spacer. I think we just got lucky & he didn't seem to mind it, we didn't do anything to get him to take it.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 01:07 PM

Thanks for the tips everyone. No, we don't have a mask. She has issues with masks and things that cover her face so i think she'd go nuts if we tried that. She is perfect taking it at daycare but still struggling at home. Last night we have it to her between sobs. Really makes a difference with her not coughing much at night so we'll persist whatever way necessary.

thanks again.




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