Nebuliser Machines for Adults and Kids


Nebuliser Machines for Adults and Kids

Nebulisers for Respiratory Care

Do you or your child suffer from asthma, bronchitis, or a similar respiratory condition? Our range of nebuliser machines is the accessible option for improving the quality of life for people suffering from chronic respiratory conditions. Whether you’re looking for a child nebuliser or an adult nebuliser, we have plenty available for online purchase with great service and fast Australia wide delivery. Questions? View the FAQ’s below or ask us on live chat!

Our Range of Nebuliser Machines

If you want to purchase a handheld portable nebuliser or tabletop nebuliser for kids and adults, look no further than CareMax. Our range has the best nebuliser machines in Australia that can help you manage your illness and improve your quality of life. If you experience difficulty swallowing medications and need something more precise than an inhaler, a nebuliser device is for you. Medical nebulisers work with a mask, allowing your life-saving medication to be delivered using a seamless evaporation process. Our range includes nebulisers for kids, portable nebulisers (mesh nebuliser and ultrasonic nebuliser) and tabletop nebulisers. Our handheld nebulisers are easy to use for children and are comfortable on the move. Our tabletop nebulisers are perfect for home use for patients with asthma, COPD or other respiratory conditions.

Buy from CareMax’s Nebuliser Australia Range and get:

  • Top-quality nebulisers with wide medication compliance
  • Range of nebulisers for multiple respiratory conditions
  • Convenient and effective hygienic with low medication waste and residue
  • A nebuliser machine price varies on the model, but it’s an affordable option to manage your condition. You may be eligible for the health insurance rebate, subject to your health cover.
  • Local stock and a 1-year Australian product warranty.

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Nebuliser FAQ


How does a nebuliser work?

Nebulisers help deliver breathable medications. In comparison, other medicines like tablets and pills need to be taken orally (or swallowed). Before being converted by the nebuliser, the drug is put into the device as a solution.

The nebuliser changes the solution into a mist using compressed air or ultrasound to help break down the solution into an aerosol or mist-like state [1]. Once this is achieved, the medication is fine enough to be inhaled into the lungs for treatment. 


How and when to use a nebuliser?

Nebulisers can be used in circumstances when other forms of medications are not appropriate. This could boil down to specific situations, such as:

  • The type of drug being administered
  • Whether you may have any difficulty swallowing (e.g. dysphagia)
  • Those who are finding it difficult to breathe or are unconscious
  • Those with respiratory conditions (e.g. asthma, cystic fibrosis, etc.)
  • Young children who do not know how to take other types of medications

Nebulisers can be easier to administer compared to oral or inhaled medications. You can read up on how to set up the nebuliser and medication by reading our article here. Once it has been properly pieced together, place the mouthpiece over the face and breathe slowly to allow the vapour to enter the airways. 


What drug is used in nebulisers?

Always consult a qualified healthcare professional for administering any drug with your nebuliser. All medications need to be approved or prescribed by your doctor. 

Nebulised medications need to be effective when breathed in. Additionally, they should be in a solution form for the device to turn it into a breathable vapour. 

According to Harvard Medicine, drugs that can be used with nebulisers include:

  • Bronchodilators
  • Saline
  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroids


What is a nebuliser used for?

A nebuliser is a device used to deliver medication directly into the lungs of those suffering from respiratory conditions. The medication, usually in liquid form, is vaporized using a compressor and inhaled via a face mask or mouthpiece. This provides an efficient delivery system of medication straight into the lungs.


What’s the difference between nasal steamer and nebulizer?

The main difference between the two is how they deliver the medication to your airways. A nebulizer uses compressed air to convert liquid medications into an easy-to-breathe mist, which you then inhale through the included mask or mouthpiece. In contrast, a nasal steamer’s warm steam puts moisture into your nose while also providing relief from congestion and irritation. A nebuliser can be used with only water to function as a nasal steamer.


Can I use a nebuliser as a vocal steamer?

While each has distinct advantages based on their respective functions, nebuliser can be used with just water to work like a vocal steamer. Unlike steamer, nebulisers specifically target the lungs to deliver medication for localized treatment, therefore steamer cannot be used as a nebuliser in general.


What’s the difference between nasal steamer/nebulizer/inhaler?

Nasal steamers are versatile devices used for nasal irrigation, aerosolized medications, and inhalation therapy. They create a gentle mist of saline or medicine which is then inhaled into the nose and can be set to a comfortable temperature level to provide relief from congestion, allergies, and colds.

A nebulizer is a device that turns liquid medication into vapor so that it can be inhaled directly into the lungs.

An inhaler holds a dry powder or liquid medicine that has been prepared specifically for inhalation; they must be vigorously shaken by hand before each use in order to get an accurate dose of the medication.


Can I use a nebuliser without medication?

A nebuliser can be used without medication to moisturize dry air and help relieve symptoms related to dryness, such as coughing and sore throats. This type of water-based inhalation therapy can provide quick relief, but it should not be used for more serious respiratory problems without consulting a medical professional.


Do you need a prescription for a nebulizer machine in Australia?

You can purchase a nebulizer even without a prescription. Nebulizer machines can be bought over the counter at any Australian pharmacy. This is especially beneficial for those who have conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, which require regular use of respiratory medications like inhalers.


What’s a Ventolin nebuliser used for?

A Ventolin nebuliser is a type of medication that is inhaled in the form of a mist via the mouth or nose. The active ingredient, works by relaxing the airways, allowing users to breathe more freely. These are often used as preventative measures against asthma attacks and provide quick relief during an attack.


Can I use a saline nebuliser for salt therapy (halotherapy)?

Yes, saline nebulisers are an increasingly popular form of salt therapy (halotherapy) to provide relief from respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. When using a saline nebuliser for salt therapy, an atomizer is used to turn a saline solution into a micro-fine mist that can be inhaled.


Where can I buy saline solution for nebulizer in Australia?

In Australia, saline solution is widely available in both physical and online stores–pharmacies, chemists, and some medical supply stores usually carry the solution. Websites such as eBay and Amazon may also offer competitive prices. Before buying, it is important to ensure the product is authentic and safe.


Is nebuliser good and safe for kids?

For kids, using a nebuliser can reduce wheezing and provide quicker relief than other inhaler devices since it can be easily administered through direct medication at controlled dosages. Generally, doctors recommend nebulisers for very young and elderly patients who might have difficulty using an inhaler mouthpiece properly.


Can I use a nebulizer for babies?

Yes, nebulizers are safe for use with babies. It is a gentle and effective way of administering medication in a provider-approved dosage. However, it is important to consult your doctor before using one with your baby. Your doctor may have special instructions or precautions to consider when using a nebulizer on an infant.


When should a child use a nebulizer?

Most doctors recommend nebulizer treatment for children when other inhaler devices, such as a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) with a spacer, aren't effective. It may also be used to treat severe asthma attacks or if medications need to be administered quickly.


Will a nebuliser help my child’s cough?

nebulisers are often used to treat respiratory illnesses including bronchitis and asthma. It alleviates the symptoms associated with coughing which helps reduce inflammation, improve breathing and ease discomfort. In addition to providing faster relief, nebulisers eliminate the need to swallow large quantities of medicine which may be difficult for a young child.


Is a nebuliser better than an inhaler?

Nebulisers and inhalers are different ways to deliver breathable medications. 

Nebulisers turn liquid medications into vapour which can then be breathed into the lungs. On the other hand, inhalers come in portable devices and are connected to aerosol or dry powdered medication. Like nebulisers, they help deliver the medication by breathing it into the lungs. Please refer to this article for more information about how to use an inhaler. 

One benefit of a nebuliser over an inhaler is its ease of use. After the appropriate set-up, the mouthpiece is fitted over the face where the vapourised medication is delivered to the lungs with normal breathing. However, deep breaths need to be timed more precisely when using an inhaler. There is no specific breathing technique required with a nebuliser. 

Due to its simplicity, a nebuliser may be easier to use, especially for children under six and those with behavioural or cognitive impairments


What type of nebuliser should I choose?

Caremax has nebulisers that are appropriate for children to adults. You can view the range of nebulisers here.

Each type of nebuliser helps achieve the same outcome by delivering breathable medications. However, there are some characteristics of the nebulisers that you may want to consider when purchasing, including:

  • Portability: If you need a nebuliser to use on the go, try to go for portable and cordless devices.
  • Ultrasound vs. compressor nebulisers: Ultrasound and compressor nebulisers use different technology to convert medications into vapour. Both are similar but have unique strengths. While ultrasound offers a more noiseless experience, compressors can create a finer vapour for effective delivery [2]. 
  • Size: Generally, all Caremax’s nebulisers are compact. However, look for the dimensions to determine what’s appropriate for you.
  • Price: Caremax’s nebulisers are all TGA-approved, safe, effective and reasonably priced. However, each model is priced differently depending on the number of features and specifications on each device. 

Is nebuliser good for COPD/asthma?

Nebulisers deliver medications to the lung to treat lung conditions, such as asthma and COPD. They are affordable, safe, effective and convenient for providing COPD and asthma medications, such as Ventolin. [3]. Always consult your doctor about using a nebuliser for your medications. 


What to put in a nebulizer for cough?

The medication selection will depend on your child’s condition and age. Your doctor may recommend medications, which are bronchodilators that help open up the airways to improve breathing. More serious cases may require stronger medications however, these should only be administered through after a consultation with your doctor.


What is a nebulizer for asthma?

It is a specialized device used to administer medication in the form of a mist that is inhaled through the mouth and nose. It uses compressed air to create a mist of particles small enough to be taken deep down into the lungs. It provides a more direct and controlled delivery of medication than standard inhalers.


How do you use a nebuliser for asthma?

First, properly sanitize your nebuliser. From there, fill the reservoir cup with the appropriate amount of medication and attach it to the main console. Simply switch on the nebuliser and start breathing in through your mouth and out through your nose using a deep, steady rhythm. After treatment is complete, thoroughly clean and store the equipment.


What medicine is used in asthma nebulisers?

While there are various medications that can be used in an asthma nebuliser, doctors may typically recommend short-acting bronchodilators.

Long-term steroid usage is another common type of medication prescribed for use in asthma nebulisers, with treatments such as Fluticasone being effective options due to their anti-inflammatory characteristics.


Is a portable nebuliser as good as a tabletop nebuliser?

Yes, portable nebulisers are just as effective as tabletop nebulisers. Portable nebulisers are smaller and typically use batteries, so they can be used more easily on the go for those with a busy lifestyle or multiple jobs whereas tabletop nebulisers may provide more powerful treatments that the user might need if their condition is more severe.


Can I carry a portable nebulizer on a plane in Australia?

Yes, you can carry a portable nebulizer on a plane in Australia as long as it is for personal use. However, it is important to check with your airline before flying. You may be asked to provide any medical certificates or prescriptions necessary for using the device and may be subject to visual inspection.


Is a nebuliser good for wheezing?

Yes, a nebuliser can be used to help alleviate the symptoms of wheezing. This type of delivery can help provide quick relief. When compared to alternative forms of delivery – such as inhalers – nebulisers can prove more practical, as they require fewer coordination skills and do not contain propellants.


What to put in a nebuliser for wheezing?

Wheezing is a common symptom of asthma, allergies and respiratory infections. Many people opt for a saline solution when treating wheezing in their nebulizers. Both of these medications help open up the airways and ease difficult breathing associated with wheezing. Always consult with your doctor before using any medication.


What to put in a nebuliser for colds?

When using a nebuliser for cold relief, the most recommended and effective solution is a saline solution, also known as sodium chloride. Saline solutions come in an aerosol form that you can add to the device.


How to use a nebuliser for nasal congestion?

Nebulisers are used to treat nasal congestion in a variety of ways. Saline solutions can be used to help break up mucus and clear airways, while medications can be used to reduce inflammation and open airways. Additionally, a combination of these treatments may be used.


What does nebuliser do for pets?

Nebulization can be an effective treatment option for pets–from dogs, cats and horses to birds, nebulisers are designed to deliver medication directly into the respiratory tract via inhalation.

This allows for deep delivery of medication into the lungs to effectively treat conditions like asthma or allergies and bacterial or fungal infections in birds and other small animals.


Can I use human nebulizer on pets?

While human nebulizers are being used to treat dogs, cats, and other small animals with similar breathing problems, it is important to be aware that using a human nebulizer may be safe in certain circumstances, it is not the most ideal solution. It’s best to consult with a veterinarian first.


How do you use a nebuliser for a pet?

For dogs and cats, ensure to tailor the type of aerosol mask to fit their snout/nose for maximum efficiency and use a low flow setting as necessary. Small animals may require guiding assistance from another person when taking medication via a nebulizer for accurate delivery of the drugs. Obtain instructions from your veterinarian regarding specific adjustments that are required for proper nebuliser treatment on pets.


How long should I nebulise the pet?

Nebulization for pets typically takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the animal. However, care should be taken to not over-nebulize as this can cause respiratory distress. Monitor your pet's breathing and behavior during the nebulization process and then adjust accordingly. If your pet starts exhibiting signs of distress, stop immediately and contact your veterinarian.



  1. Harvey, C. J., O'Doherty, M. J., Page, C. J., Thomas, S. H., Nunan, T. O., & Treacher, D. F. (1997). Comparison of jet and ultrasonic nebulizer pulmonary aerosol deposition during mechanical ventilation. European Respiratory Journal, 10(4), 905-909.
  2. Kooij, S., Astefanei, A., Corthals, G. L., & Bonn, D. (2019). Size distributions of droplets produced by ultrasonic nebulizers. Scientific reports, 9(1), 6128.
  3. Tashkin D. P. (2016). A review of nebulized drug delivery in COPD. International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 11, 2585–2596.