How far should a humidifier be from a sleeping baby - Doctor answers

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My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

My baby has a bad cough that won't let her sleep. I put vapor rub on her chest and have a cool mist humidifier on for her. Any suggestions?

Needs investigation: Chronic cough in a young child that is waking them up needs investigation. If it is not an infection, it could be an inhaled foreign body (i've seen toy parts, foods, etc). Also, high on the list is also environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and then allergens causing the cough. One of the most frequent symptoms of early asthma in tots is that ongoing night cough! ...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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My 8 month old baby keeps coughing has runny nose always congested we've taken her to the dr nothing has helped we sleep with a humidifier: (?

My 8 month old baby keeps coughing has runny nose always congested we've taken her to the dr nothing has helped we sleep with a humidifier: (?

Nasal saline: You can try nasal saline or use of a bulb syringe to clean out the nose. If a family member or household member smokes encourage them to stop. If you have pets try to keep them away from the child. You could consider hypoallergenic pillow and mattress covers. Cold medicines are not recommended at this point. ...Read more

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How can I feel confident that my sleeping baby is ok?

How can I feel confident that my sleeping baby is ok?

Good parenting: You cannot stay awake 24 hours a day to watch your baby. You can remember to lay the baby on his or her back when putting to bed. Make sure blankets are not too excessive or fluffy, and be careful of the quality of bedding. Good ventiliation in the bedroom and a normal temperature is also important- not too hot or too cold. ...Read more

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Can I breastfeed a sleeping baby?

Can I breastfeed a sleeping baby?

Breast feeding?: If he is not hungry, he will not drink, in addition if he is sleeping why u don't let him sleep and when he wakes up u can feed him? ...Read more

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I have read that u shouldn't wake a sleeping baby, but after birth the nurses pretty much make u wake and feed them. Why? What should u say to them?

I have read that u shouldn't wake a sleeping baby, but after birth the nurses pretty much make u wake and feed them. Why? What should u say to them?

Let the Baby Sleep: I believe that babies are hardwired to wake up for feedings when hungry, when they are full term. As others mentioned, there are fads regarding feeding that seem to, at times, ignore nature.
Do not worry, but consult your pediatrician for advice. ...Read more

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Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby to take medication? 5 months old baby taking therapies for asthma.

No: If the baby is sleeping peacefully, breathing easy and not coughing then you do not have to wake him up to give asthma treatment. If the baby is working hard to breathe, grunting or coughing then yes, wake him up and give him a treatment. Talk to your doctor in the morning about what he/she wants you to do in these situations in the future. ...Read more

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Hi... I had an ultrasound and the tech used a vibrator to wake my sleeping baby up... "IS THAT A SAFE METHOD FOR THE BABY"????

Hi... I had an ultrasound and the tech used a vibrator to wake my sleeping baby up... "IS THAT A SAFE METHOD FOR THE BABY"????

Yes: Ultrasound has been used and studied in depth for more than 4 decades. It has no negative effects on the fetus. For a tech to get enough views of the babies body parts it may move the probe into a variety of positions and use other tricks to complete the study. It is no more invasive to baby than you rolling over in your sleep. ...Read more

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I used my iPhone's led flash light to check my sleeping baby. It was close range and I lingered for 20ish secs by his zipper and button...eye damage?

I used my iPhone's led flash light to check my sleeping baby. It was close range and I lingered for 20ish secs by his zipper and button...eye damage?

No: It shouldn't be a problem, and your baby 's eyes were shut, and it would shut physiologically to protect him/her from any harm, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

What causes a child to grind their teeth while sleeping? Baby teeth were ground down. I worry now about adult teeth. The child is 8.

Sleep bruxism: The cause (s) of bruxism are not fully understood. Causes include stress and anxiety, sleep disorder, misalignment of teeth, aggressive or hyperactive personality. Give that baby teeth were ground down, I would recommend you see a pediatric dentist to evaluate the integrity of your 8 yr olds permanent teeth and strategies to keep your childs adult teeth intact. ...Read more

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Does pre-seed lubricant help to conceive and if yes how? Can I use it 6 weeks after a 22 weeks sleeping baby. When will my period return after birth

Does pre-seed lubricant help to conceive and if yes how? Can I use it 6 weeks after a 22 weeks sleeping baby. When will my period return after birth

Preseed: Preseed will not help with improving chance of pregnancy. However, unlike other lubricants, does not affect sperm negatively, therefore will not hamper your chances of conceiving. ...Read more

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Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby for liquids? Fever of 101.6 has had stomach issues & vomit day before due to intolerance. Finally sleeping.

Do I need to wake up a sleeping baby for liquids? Fever of 101.6 has had stomach issues & vomit day before due to intolerance. Finally sleeping.

Vomiting & fever is: More likely a viral gastroenteritis, as a lactose or other complex sugar intolerance does not cause fever. If the baby is > 2 months old, is able to keep down Pedialyte, has wet diapers, is alert when awake, & feels better after the appropriate dose of Tylenol (acetaminophen) for rectal Temp > 100.4, letting him sleep is okay. ...Read more

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HOW FAR SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER BE FROM SLEEPING TODDLER?

HOW FAR SHOULD A HUMIDIFIER BE FROM SLEEPING TODDLER?

Out of reach: The distance is not as important as the ability for the toddler to reach the device. If it is out of his reach and he cannot get out of bed and get to it, it should be ok. You want the humidifier to moisturize the air nearby but that will occur any where in a room that is about 12/12ft. ...Read more

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Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?

Too much mist?: Making an environment that is uncomfortable to sleep in is a good way to feel drained in the morning. Try turning it down, or at least directing the stream away from your face. ...Read more

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My 16 month old is terribly congested and can't sleep. I've tried the "boogie sucker" and I have the humidifier going. Any meds she can take?

My 16 month old is terribly congested and can't sleep. I've tried the "boogie sucker" and I have the humidifier going. Any meds she can take?

Saline drops: No medicine, other than tyelenol for fever. You can run a humidifier, and use saline drops in his nose and then use bulb suction. If he is not eating wel or if he is having trouble breathing schedule an appointment with his doctor ...Read more

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I sleep with a bedside cool mist humidifier and use saline spray but my nares still stay so dry. What can I try now?

I sleep with a bedside cool mist humidifier and use saline spray but my nares still stay so dry. What can I try now?

Nasal gel: There is a nasal saline gel that can be applied at the nasal entrance prior to bed that may keep you moist for a longer period. ...Read more

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Extremely dry eyes only when lying down. Sleeping in chair fixes it. Tried humidifier, doesn't fix it?

Extremely dry eyes only when lying down. Sleeping in chair fixes it. Tried humidifier, doesn't fix it?

May be more serious: This may be from nocturnal lagophthalmos (i.e. Sleeping with your eyes open) or rarely from a condition called floppy eyelid syndrome... Your eye md should be able to help. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning for the past two weeks with dried blood when I clean my nose. I sleep with a humidifier and I never had any allergies.?

I wake up every morning for the past two weeks with dried blood when I clean my nose. I sleep with a humidifier and I never had any allergies.?

Dry air and surround: Also, in the southern states, and rest of the country when the air conditioning is on in buildings as well as in cars, this causes the air to dry out and thus, can contribute to your persistent "bloody" nose. ...Read more

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My 3 month of has a cold. Stuffy nose, cough, restless sleep, no temp! Anything I can do other than a humidifier?

My 3 month of has a cold. Stuffy nose, cough, restless sleep, no temp! Anything I can do other than a humidifier?

Nasal suction: Use saline nose drops (available over-the-counter) to loosen up the mucous and use a bulb syringe to suction out the nose before each feeding and before laying him down. Babies don't much mind if their nose is runny, but they get very irritable when they can't breathe well! Give him plenty of fluids (his milk, but also some water if needed). If he has fever or starts vomiting, see your doctor. ...Read more

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My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne?

My 3yo son has asthma& when he sleep at night his nose be stuffed up bad his doctor proscribe a humidifier but to me it don't work for him I think he ne?

Do a Re-evaluation: Unfortunately one medicine/method of treatment does not work for everyone. Your son may have allergies as well, common in asthmatics, and a prescription nasal spray may be of much benefit. I would suggest bringing him in to his doc, express your concerns and I am sure he will be evaluated and treated accordingly.
Best of luck.. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

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