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What are the differences between hot and cold steam humidifiers?

What are the differences between hot and cold steam humidifiers?

Humidifiers: The only difference is the temperature of the mist that comes out of their spouts. Both function the same way - they generate mist to humidify dry air. Do not use warm humidifiers around young children as they can get burned. ...Read more

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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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What's the difference between using hot and cold steam humidifiers?

What's the difference between using hot and cold steam humidifiers?

Generally the Temp: The vaporizer heats the moisture , humidifier does not.The clinical difference appears to be marginal. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a cool mist and a hot mist humidifier?

Safety: The hot misters I have delt with over the years have a heating elementand produce scalding water as well as steam.Most misters today use tuning fork technology and produce mist particles without the heat, or risk. By the time it gets to the kid it will cool off anyway, so i avoid the risk of hot steamers and recommend the cool mist. ...Read more

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Can I use a cool air humidifier for my 3 month old daughters cold?

Can I use a cool air humidifier for my 3 month old daughters cold?

Maybe: In situations where the ambient humidity is low (heated house, winter , dry outside environment) it is quite helpful. In some situations, like an air conditioned house in the summer, it may offer little. Once the ambient humidity passes 50% house dust mites thrive, after 60-70% you can see mold growth.I encourage moms to have simple humidity gauge in the babies sleeping area to monitor that issue ...Read more

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What are the medical differences between a warm mist humidifier and a cold mist humidifier?

They are different: A warm mist humidifier is a device that heats water into steam and a cold mist vaporizer uses a device to spin and genrate tiny droplets of cool mist like a waterfall does. Both create mist but by different methods. There is debate as to which is a better device. Each has its pluses and minuses. ...Read more

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How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

Netty pot: There is no limit to how many times you can use a netty. Pot. Colds can be passed back and forth. I usually recommend a humidifier, but some patients do better with a vaporizer. ...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 9 wk old has had a cold for over a month is this normal? He is currently on a wedge at night and I have a humidifier is there anything else to do?

My 9 wk old has had a cold for over a month is this normal? He is currently on a wedge at night and I have a humidifier is there anything else to do?

Any treatment?: Has the child seen a physician at that time and are they treating them? They could need an antibiotic. If that has been done, then you should try cleaning out the child's nose at night with saline and a suction bulb. If this continues to persist or the child has difficulties eating or sleeping, seek the evaluation of a physician. ...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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My 6 year old daughter is fighting a cold. She now has a cough. Would leaving a cool mist humidifier on throughout the night help her?

Maybe,maybe not: These help most when the environment is very dry, like in winder, when the heater pulls the humidity down below 20%.Humidifiers & vaporizers can help bring up the humidity up where it is not further drying the kids airway when they are sick. If the basic humidity the kid is in runs 30-40%, the humidifier has less positive benefit. ...Read more

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