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How Far Should A Humidifier Be From A Sleeping Baby
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Whenever I sleep with a cool mist humidifier, I wake up with discomfort in my chest and feel completely drained. Why does this happen?
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?
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
Me and my wife have both a vaporizer and humidifier in our bedroom is that ok? We turn both on when sleeping both bought from Wal mart
No problem: If it is dry, they both should help. Keep them clean as they can encourage the growth of mold. All the best. ...Read more
Extremely dry eyes only when lying down. Sleeping in chair fixes it. Tried humidifier, doesn't fix it?
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
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
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
Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.
Is there anything I can give my 16 month old to soothe a horrible cough? She can't sleep and humidifiers seem to make it worse.
Not sure: I certainly sympathize with your problem...Does she also have a fever? Any rash? Has she had anything like this in the past? Unfortunately it sounds like you need to have her examined by your pediatrician...Other than being sure she is drinking plenty of fluid. I can't recommend anything else. Please call her dr. ...Read more
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
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
I am using a humidifier in my babies room. Is it safe to use bacteriostat in the humidifier? Thank you in advance.
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
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
Please not again: Conventional pesticides -- including deet-based insect repellents -- can be neurotoxic (poisonous to the brain) and carcinogenic (cancer-producing). Babies, whose brains are still developing, are especially vulnerable. One application of toxic bug spray won't have hurt them. But, in the future, please consider oil of lemon eucalyptus or citronella oil, which are much less toxic alternatives. ...Read more
Three to four months: Babies are capable of one period of deep sleep (3-4hrs) per 24 hours starting at birth and generally drift in and out of lighter sleep states for the rest of their day. By 3mo their brain waves include mature sleep patterns and longer sleep is expected. Babies can learn to self settle soon after birth and return to sleep after they wake, though a brief feeding may be needed. Good routeins help. ...Read more
I think in my case,: It soothes my children so that they relax enough for their brain waves to start slowing down. When my daughter can't sleep she asks me to sing her to sleep. She now associates sleep with these songs and often after struggling to fall asleep- she will nod off in seconds to minutes once I begin gently singing lullabies. ...Read more
Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant. ...Read more
Hotels have cribs: Travelers can ask for a baby crib at hotels. Just check the crib to be sure it is safe. Babies can also sleep in a foldable playpen (be sure the playpen is set up safely, and won't collapse or tangle up the baby). Before going to bed, learn the fire exit routes, in case guests have to evacuate in the darkness of night. ...Read more
With a tired changer: Most infants sleep, eat, poop and pee because of their very basic needs and underdeveloped nervous system. They have to learn everything. They develope patterns just like adults. To change a pattern you have to do the same thing over and over for 21 days. When you want the baby to sleep don't respond to their requests so quickly let them lay. Wake them up at the time you want them up.. ...More. ...Read more
This is reasonable:
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There is no one best way. You have to suit your needs. By nature some babies are anxious, more needy. Our own upbringing, insecurities affect such practices. So do not be too hard on yourself. Do what is most comfortable to you and which is least frustrating. Both parents should agree on the plan broadly. ...Read more
Depends on age: There is a higher incidence of sudden infant death syndrome if babies sleep on their bellies than on their backs or sides. It is recommended to prop them so they do not roll on their stomachs but when they get old enough to roll on their own yu can't help iit and then it is ok for them to sleep on their bellies! ...Read more
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