1. We use this daily during the winter colds. It becomes a friend and it has its own name. This is PuffPuff.
2. We have a hospital grade Stethoscope in our house: for listening for the gurgle, rattle, wheeze and squeak of bad lungs during cold season. Alternatively, the primitive but very effective "ear to the chest" or the "ear to the back" works just as well, especially if your kid is afraid of stethoscopes, like mine.
3. We hate this thing, but are grateful for it afterwards.
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We have been very fortunate, since Adeleine was discharged from the NICU that she's never again been admitted to hospital (keep knocking..). With the exception of an afternoon in the ER for wheezing when she was 18 months, we have been able to manage her breathing issues at home, with the help of PuffPuff and an ear to her back. But year round, you'll always see PuffPuff at the ready, in our diaper bag, just in case.