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Doctor insights on: Are Humidifiers Safe In Baby Nursery

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Are humidifiers safe in baby nursery?

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

Humidifier (Definition)

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


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I am using a humidifier in my babies room. Is it safe to use bacteriostat in the humidifier? Thank you in advance.

I am using a humidifier in my babies room. Is it safe to use bacteriostat in the humidifier? Thank you in advance.

Yes: Bacteriostat is normally not recommended for use with short term use or humidifier. However it's concurrent use causes no harm to baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

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

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Which humidifier are better for babies cool or warm humidifiers?

Humidifier: Ideally a warm humidifer is better, but because of the risk of spilling a cool humidifier is recommended. ...Read more

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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

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

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Ultrasonic humidifier or vaporizer for babies to get ride of cold?

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

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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

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

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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 have the window opened at the same time, it won't mess up my child's breathing right?

Shouldn't: A humidifier is designed to add a slight amount of moisture to the air and doesn't effect breathing pattern. It may help the throat/lungs not dry out in a heated house. The only risk involves the need for cleaning to avoid the growth of mold that will always occur. ...Read more

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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?

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: It is unlikely that Vicks scent pad in the humidifier would affect your child. Also the fact that you are 30 weeks pregnant and the baby has already formed makes it unlikely ...Read more

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How safe is the air coming? From humidifiers?

How safe is the air coming? From humidifiers?

Safe if filter clean: Humidifiers are very helpful in kids with breathing problems. We need to ensure that their filters are clean. ...Read more

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Is using a Vicks humidifier ok to use by my 9 month old babys bed?

Is using a Vicks humidifier ok to use by my 9 month old babys bed?

Humidifier's fine: I would not put Vicks in the humidifier.I consider all aromatic (smelly) compounds as irritants that aggravate cough and congestion in infants. I still remember the smell from childhood, but have never recommended it for preschool kids. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have my AC on if I have a Vicks humidifier on for my sick 7 month baby?

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

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If I am purchasing a impeller humidifier for my 3mos baby to help with his coughing. How long do u keep it on?

If I am purchasing a impeller humidifier for my 3mos baby to help with his coughing. How long do u keep it on?

Humidifier: Use the humidifier as long as the child is coughing. If it is very dry in your house continue to use the humidifier especially at night while the child is sleeping. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Not necessary,: But can be helpful with the dry air from heaters in the winter. The dry air can cause dry skin and nasal congestion and sometimes nosebleeds. A cool mist humidifer is best. ...Read more

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Are bacteriostatic products safe to breathe via a humidifier?

Typically no: Medications for nebulizer use are formulated as prevervative free to prevent irritant or allergic reactions to these compounds. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a humidifier for my nasal congestions?

Is it safe to use a humidifier for my nasal congestions?

Yes: This is safe to do. Make sure the humidifier is clean and make sure you use fresh water that is changed frequently. ...Read more

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How many feet should u put a cool mist humidifier from a baby for maximum benefit? Thank you

How many feet should u put a cool mist humidifier from a baby for maximum benefit? Thank you

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

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When would you use a vaporizer VS using a humidifier? Which would you use to constantly maintain a clean aired baby room?

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

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Is it safe to put chlorinated water in humidifiers?

Is it safe to put chlorinated water in humidifiers?

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

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Can a vaporiser (humidifier) be used with a 3 month old baby?

Can a vaporiser (humidifier) be used with a 3 month old baby?

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

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How do I remove hard water calcium deposits from my baby's humidifier?

How do I remove hard water calcium deposits from my baby's humidifier?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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Can I put eucalyptus oil in my 7 month old baby's cool mist humidifier?

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