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humidifier or vaporizer for baby congestion

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
41 years experience Pediatrics
Same: Humidifier or vaporizer both add moisture to the air to help keep our secretions moist and thin. I think they basically do the same.

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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
25 years experience Pediatrics
Increasing humidity: offers some relief from the discomfort of nasal congestion in infants, and also helps during Croup type infections.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Nasal wash: At 4 weeks the primary cause of congestion is the environment. House dust, fragrance, perfumes, detergent or cleaning products all leave scents that m ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
36 years experience Pediatrics
Toddler cough: There are not really any good cough medicines for this age group that both work and don't have really icky side effects. I have found that honey is so ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
I never use it: I find any scented material is more of an air pollutant in small kids than helpful. There airways are different than adults and often become more cong ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
32 years experience Pediatrics
See your doctor: It would be unusual for a 3 month old to have allergies leading to nasal congestion. At that age, their nose is small, so it does not take much to plu ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Escobar
9 years experience Family Medicine
Likely Better: The runny nose is her body's way of increasing mucosal secretions to help clear an infection. She is likely getting better.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
To mist or not to: A humidifier is basically a fan that draws moisture from a paper or metallic wick & adds it to air in the room. A vaporizer makes a mist. Old style va ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Cool humidifier: In my medical opinion, the cool mist ultrasonic humidifier is preferable to the hot vaporizer due to the safety concerns of the heating of the water w ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satyanarayan Hegde
28 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
RSV infection: None of these are useful and in fact can be harmful for a young infant. Whatever you do or not, cough from RSV infection in an infant lasts several we ... Read More

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