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Are Humidifiers Safe In Baby Nursery
Yes: Yes humidifiers are safe but they do need to be cleaned often because they do get some bacterial growth which then can be in the mist put out in the air and be of potential risk of causing infection. ...Read more
Increasing the humidity in your home helps eliminate the dry air that can irritate and inflame the passages in the nose and throat. Humidified air can relieve the discomfort of colds and the flu. Using a humidifier in the home can help relieve a stuffy nose and can help break up mucus so you ...Read more
I am using a humidifier in my babies room. Is it safe to use bacteriostat in the humidifier? Thank you in advance.
Age??: Early infancy is marked by marked sensitivity to irritants ; dependence on narrow nasal passages for breathing. Later childhood employs mouth breathing to bypass much of the congestion. I hate Vicks steam; consider it air pollution. A lifestyle audit to eliminate any odors/irritants in a kids sleeping area + humidity or steam as long as the measured humidity. ...Read more
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 vaporizers have a heating element that boils water making steam, these are unsafe. Modern products use tuning fork technology & make light or heavy mist (vaporizers also humidify)they are safe & helpful when your heater dries out the air you sleep in. ...Read more
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 with potential injury posed by the vaporizer. Furthermore, experientially, parental feedback indicates that the cool humidifier seems to provide a more calming cough relief than the hotter vaporizer. ...Read more
My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference
Vapor vs humidity: A humidifier (fan+filter+water) basically returns moisture to the air after the heating system extracts it. Homes up north have it plumbed into their furnace. In texas, less cold means we may need a separate humidifier. A good humidity range is 35-45% while dry heat can drop it below 20% and aggravate a kids cough. I have humidifiers in my office and home with gauges to monitor the level. ...Read more
Is it safe to use a humidifier and have the window opened at the same time, it won't mess up my child's breathing right?
Is it safe to use a humidifier and a heater for my child with bronchiolitis? Reason for heater is because her room gets cold. Which is better for her?
I am 30 weeks pregnant. I bought a Vicks humidifier. Is it safe for my unborn baby that I use a Vicks scent pad inside the humidifier?
Yes: Room temperature and humidity are two different things. It is e to have your ac on and still use a humidifier. Just don't get the rooms too cool or too hot when baby is sick. Dress in same clothes layers you are comfortable wearing in that temperature. Too many parents overdress their kids wen they are sleeping, and this is not good for them. ...Read more
If I am purchasing a impeller humidifier for my 3mos baby to help with his coughing. How long do u keep it on?
I use a bacteriostat in my evaporative humidifier and it says on the bottle it shouldn't be inhaled so how is that safe?
What is the agent?: I agree that the instruction is conflicting. However we do need to know what the agent is in order to assess its safety. There are some bacteriostatic that's safe and others not so. ...Read more
My baby will be born end of January. Can I use vaporizer for him? Cool mist or steam? Humidifier or vaporizer, which are better?
My baby s 1 year. The wintet started n I keep room heaters on almost all the time. S it necessary 2 use humidifier. If s which type humidifier shud I use?
For young infants,: Put a cool must humidifier across the room up to a maximum of 50% humidity, because, in theory, you could overload them with water if it's too close. I guess that's probably 7-9 feet in most bedrooms. Keep the humidifier & its cord up where a 6-month-old & older can't pull it over. Run it with a 10% Clorox solution to clean it when baby's not in the room, followed by a cycle of fresh water. ...Read more
His dr said to use a humidifier just want to make sure. Is it safe to use Vicks humidifier with 1 month old?
When would you use a vaporizer VS using a humidifier? Which would you use to constantly maintain a clean aired baby room?
Humidity: Both are effective for increasing humidity in a room. Vaporizers tend to create environment that can promote growth of bacteria, so you have to make sure you clean it daily and change water. Vaporizers also can be dangerous to toddlers and small children as the steam can cause burns if touched by little hands. Neither is going to clean the air. You need an air purifier for this. ...Read more
CPAP: distilled water only comes in gallon jugs here. I use tiny bit each nite. How to store opened jug? How long it safe to use in cpap humidifier?
Mgt: I would recommend storing the water in the fridge and using a new gallon bottle after one week. ...Read more
No health risk: Health risk should be minimal unless the water is heavily chlorinated. Distiller water is usually recommended for devices to prolong equipment life and functioning. ...Read more
Yes: I encourage their use when the heat is on in the house because it drys out the air. During the summers, the house is already humid and its use adds little and may create problems. Humidity above 50% supports dust mite growth and above 70% supports mold. Staying at 30-40% is ideal and you can get a button battery powered humidity gauge to monitor the need. ...Read more
Read the instruction: Hard water deposits will accumulate in humidifiers that use heat to create the humidity. The manufacturer's directions should recommend a household mixture or a product you can purchase to attempt to remove the deposits. Only use what the manufacturer recommends, or you may damage the humidifier. ...Read more
Air con seems to be to dry for 8 mth baby, is it better to put humidifier in the room? Will it help baby with sensitive nose?
Humidify: Central air runs through the same forced air ducts as winter heat does. It's very dry, even when there is a central humidifier attached. In-window air conditioners also tend to dry the air especially if the house is tight & well insulated. So yes a good humidifier would be helpful. Saline nasal spray before and after sleep is also very effective. Use the ones made for babies. ...Read more
Used humidifier in my 8 month old baby's bedroom, now there's a 20cm tall stripe of black mould all along a wall. Risks? How do I clean it? I am bf
Mould: This is the cdc recommendations about mould. If you have any doubts, call a company that does it, professionally. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/mold/stachy. Htm ...Read more
My 4 mth. Baby has a cold or allergies. At times he has a coughing spell, how can I control the coughing? I'm using a cool mist humidifier/baby vicks.
No Medicine BUT.....: There are no medicines for cough in a four month old but if your baby has cold symptoms with a persistent cough the possibilities are numerous including pertussis so I think it is very important that you visit with your pediatrician now. ...Read more
Yes: This is a very nice way to improve the humidity and also help decongest a baby without giving them medications. Don't forget the baby can use nasal saline drops too if congested. Put a couple of drops in the nose, gently massage, and then if he or she doesn't sneeze them out, use the bulb suctioner to clear out. Remember lots of cuddles too when baby not feeling well. ...Read more
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