To avoid problems with your child's stomach, try to do vest treatments before meals or no sooner than one hour after meals.
Do your vest treatments two times a day. Do this once in the morning when getting up, then again in the afternoon or evening.
Increase vest treatments to four times a day when your child is sick (or feels they may be getting sick).
Medicine that may be given during vest treatments include albuterol, Xopenex, Atrovent, Intal, Pulmozyme and hypertonic saline.
Some patients find it helpful to moisten their airway secretions. This is done by taking nebulizer treatments with normal or hypertonic saline after other medicines are complete.
If itching occurs, try a couple of cotton T-shirts between the skin and the vest.
Have the vest machine and inflatable vest checked each year. This is needed to ensure it is working properly and that your child has the correct vest size.