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Are oils in vaporizers safe for babies?

Are oils in vaporizers safe for babies?

For what purpose?: Vaporizers are designed to put clean moisture into the air to assist a child with congestion. Fragrances, whether pleasant or not, are irritating to the lungs and airways of infants and most often increase symptomatic cough rather than help.

Dr. Matthew Roman
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A vaporizer or humidifier may help thin thick nasal secretions, helping to unblock nasal passages. If the water reservoir is not kept clean, it can grow mold, which can ...Read more


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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Are you supposed to use a vaporizer for a 2 year old child with pneumonia?

No: You are not "supposed" to have a vaporizer. If you have one and it helps humidify the air then ok. I would not suggest buying one for pneumonia. Humidifiers and vaporizers are not as popular as they were years ago as the hot ones can burn a toddler who gets out of bed and the cool ones can grow germs if the water is not changed regularly. If it works for you, then use it. Otherwise no worries.

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Should I use a vaporizer on my 7 week old baby?

Should I use a vaporizer on my 7 week old baby?

Maybe, maybe not: When the heat is on and the air in your home is dry, a vaporized and or humidifier is helpful. In cases where the infant is very congested, vaporizers can also help. However, if use increases the humidity too high, you have some risk of dust mite, mildew and mold growth. I recommend keeping the humidity between 35-45% and use saline nose wash to aid with babies congestion.

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Is it safe to use a vaporizer on my 1 month baby since he is starting to cough and seems congested?

Is it safe to use a vaporizer on my 1 month baby since he is starting to cough and seems congested?

Yes: It is safe to put a vaporizer in the room where the baby sleeps. Also, normal saline nose drops followed by suctioning of the nose. Elevate the head of thebed, bring the baby into the bathroom while the hot shower is running for extra moisture. Medications are not recommended in this age group.

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My 4 month old baby is congested can I use Vicks vapor rub I use the Vicks vaporizer it helps sometimes

My 4 month old baby is congested can I use Vicks vapor rub I use the Vicks vaporizer it helps sometimes

Probably.: My mother was a huge vicks fan; anytime my nose was close to running, I would get dipped in a huge vat of vicks, and then she would slide me into bed like a salami. And I'm still here, so I suppose it's okay. Whether or not it actually helped, or just made my mom feel better, is another question. I think the menthol probably does help, at least a little.

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My baby is one month and she has a cold is vaporizer with Vicks ok?

My baby is one month and she has a cold is vaporizer with Vicks ok?

Avoid aromas: I am fine with a misting vaporizer for any kid with congestion. However, I consider Vicks as air pollution and likely to produce more airway irritation in infants. I seldom recommend this product, and limit it to kids over 6 years if I do. Your better therapy at 1 monts is bountiful use of nasal saline drops and nasal suction.

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Can a vaporizer next to baby's crib help with congestion and stuffy noise?

Can a vaporizer next to baby's crib help with congestion and stuffy noise?

Increasing humidity: Offers some relief from the discomfort of nasal congestion in infants, and also helps during Croup type infections.

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I have a 6 month old baby and I think he is getting a head cold. Can I put some Vicks in a vaporizer?

I have a 6 month old baby and I think he is getting a head cold. Can I put some Vicks in a vaporizer?

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 congested and or drain more when fragrances are used. I basically never recommend it. I can remember the stinky stuff my mom used when I was young, and still hate the smell.

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Which vaporizer works the best for a young child?

Which vaporizer works the best for a young child?

Either: All vaporizers put moisture into the air and that can be comforting when the air is dry. Air can be naturally dry due to the climate or weather or dried by indoor heat or air conditioning. Pediatricians generally prefer cool mist humidifiers for safety reasons-- children can get burned on steam vaporizers. Also additives for steam vaporizers have never been tested for safety or effectiveness.

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Can I use an e-cigarette vaporizer for my albuterohl?

No: Nebulizers for asthma medications are designed to produce a specific particle size from 1 to 5 microns to allow the albuterol to get into lower respiratory tract. An e cig vaporizer will not produce the same particle size and should not be used for asthma medications.

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Is it better to use a humidifier or a vaporizer?

Depends on the need: In the south we have ac but no one has a furnace with built in humidifier like some places up north. During real cold snaps, a humidifier is a must, to counter the dry heat, often plunging humidity to 10% which produces headaches, coughs, nose bleeds, sore throats, etc. I recommend they be on if the heat is on. Vaporizers make a mist which helps wash the airway with droplets, this can really help coughs.

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As long as I use a vaporizer I can use an indoor propane heater?

There's a lot of: Issues with this. There has to be enough ventilation, the production of carbon monoxide needs to be checked. A lot of people have reactive lungs to the fumes and that's damaging even with the nebulizer