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How Do Airway Clearance Devices Help?

How Do Airway Clearance Devices Help?

If you’re the parent of a child with a respiratory condition such as cystic fibrosis or chronic bronchitis, you know the struggles they face with mucus and sputum build-up in the lungs. These issues are concerning and uncomfortable for the child, which is where airway clearance devices come in to help. Here are some things to know about these devices as well as why they’re so beneficial: 

Who can they help? 

As previously mentioned, airway clearance devices help those who have respiratory issues. This can include, but is not limited to: 

  • Asthma 
  • Bronchiectasis 
  • Cystic fibrosis 
  • Chronic bronchitis 
  • Respiratory muscle weakness 

The list goes on, but these are just some conditions that can cause an increase of mucus in the lungs. 

Why are they necessary? 

Airway clearance devices are extremely helpful with draining the mucus and assisting in coughing since children with respiratory issues sometimes don’t have a strong cough. They’re necessary so that the mucus doesn’t continue building up and so that the child can breathe easier.  

How do they work? 

The amount of time each session takes is dependent on the device. Sometimes sessions last 20-30 minutes, and other times you have to take a certain number of breaths. The different types of devices include: 

  • Vests 
  • Masks 
  • Mouthpieces 

There are also several ways these devices work, such as by using: 

  • Air pressure 
  • Oscillation 
  • High-frequency sound waves 

We hope this helped you understand why airway clearance devices are so beneficial for children with respiratory issues. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to answer. Contact us today! 

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