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Hot Vs Cold Humidifier
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
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.
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 issueSee 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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?
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
My 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.
See a doctor: Coughing suggests airway irritation, coughing spells may signal a serious illness.
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?
Is it safe to use the Vicks warn humidifier with the Vicks Vapopads while pregnant. I have a really bad head cold.?
Vicks+ pregnancy: Hello~ yes I have prescribed it for many years while in Obstetric practice. Its safe and better to take than an antihistamine.Put about 10ml-15ml in a dish filled with boiling water. Place as towel over your head and breathe in the menthol vapors for about 10 mins and do that a few times a day. Get better!
Is it normal for my almost 3 year old to snore loud and sometimes stop breathing for a few secs. Does not have cold and we have a humidifier running?
Uncommon & progresiv: If a kid is snoring at 3 it is likely to progress to a point where it causes sleep apnea even if it is not present now. T&a mass grows faster than the kid until ~8y. If your kid is grumpy, dozes a lot during the day & the pauses you mention last >10 sec, you have a problem now. Record the snoring pattern & seek out a consultation with an ent. The humidifier is unlikely to help.See 1 more doctor answer
I am currently a nanny. The almost 3 yr old, 32lbs, has a cold. Am I able to give her Children's Nyquil? If so what dose? Tried humidifier and honey
Not recommended: None of these products are recommended for any child under age 6 yr. They were commonly used decades ago, but were more a product that give you something to do than helpful. They usually contain antihistamines which actually thicken secretions making it harder to get up and cough our mucous secretions. Proper nutrition, rest and time will solve this problem.
Hi my son has cough and cold. He's almost 4months can I use Vicks 0 scent pads wid humidifier & rubbing Vicks on his chest & feet. Wat can I do othr sug?
Irritating: Vick's chest rub can be irritating to young lungs and at time has triggered wheezing. Room humidification is a better option for infants.
Does a room humidifier help with dry sinuses/nose associated with Sjogrens? What are the pros and cons of cold vs warm mist units
26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?
3 year old has a bad dry cough that we can't soothe we've tried humidifier steamy bathrooms warm drinks etc vomits when cough hard. Cold/fever for 3day?
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