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Dr. Holly Maes
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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 ?

Dr. Holly Maes
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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 ?

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. ...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


Dr. Cindy Williams
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Used humidifier in my 8 month old baby's bedroom, now there's a 20cm tall stripe of black mould all along a wall. Risks? How do I clean it? I am bf

Dr. Cindy Williams
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Used humidifier in my 8 month old baby's bedroom, now there's a 20cm tall stripe of black mould all along a wall. Risks? How do I clean it? I am bf

Mould: This is the cdc recommendations about mould. If you have any doubts, call a company that does it, professionally. http://www.cdc.gov/mold/stachy.htm ...Read more

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Dr. Bhavin Patel
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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.?

Dr. Bhavin Patel
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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.?

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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Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
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Can i put Vicks in my son's humidifier?

Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
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Can i put Vicks in my son's humidifier?

Not recommended: In the cool mist humidifiers which are recommended now, the vicks will just clog up the system. Hot steam vaporizers are not recommended around children at all due to the risk of burns. The vicks doesn't "cure" the cold, and isn't necessarily effective. Increased moisture in the air is the main thing that helps your child feel better. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Is using a Vicks humidifier ok to use by my 9 month old babys bed?

Dr. James Ferguson
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Is using a Vicks humidifier ok to use by my 9 month old babys bed?

Humidifier's fine: I would not put Vicks in the humidifier.I consider all aromatic (smelly) compounds as irritants that aggravate cough and congestion in infants. I still remember the smell from childhood, but have never recommended it for preschool kids. ...Read more

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Dr. Peri Suzan Gunay
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I have a Vicks cool mist humidifier for kids and i need a filter.Where would i b able to find one?

Dr. Peri Suzan Gunay
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Cool mist: I would look up the machine's manufacturer on the internet and then contact them. Otherwise check with your local pharmacy as they frequently sell the humidifiers. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Can you use a Vicks humidifier on a 3 month old?

Dr. James Ferguson
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Yes,but: The humidifier may be helpful for congestion and cough, but i consider the vick's additive an air pollutant & more likely to aggravate than help a small baby.I never recommend it under 6yo and don't really like it then. ...Read more

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Dr. Holly Maes
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Is it ok to have my AC on if I have a Vicks humidifier on for my sick 7 month baby?

Dr. Holly Maes
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Yes: Room temperature and humidity are two different things. It is e to have your ac on and still use a humidifier. Just don't get the rooms too cool or too hot when baby is sick. Dress in same clothes layers you are comfortable wearing in that temperature. Too many parents overdress their kids wen they are sleeping, and this is not good for them. ...Read more

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Dr. Christine Hom
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Can you use Vicks humidifier without a filter?

Dr. Christine Hom
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Certainly: Simplify. A hot water humifier shouldn't need a filter ...Read more

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Dr. Lori Semel
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His dr said to use a humidifier just want to make sure. Is it safe to use Vicks humidifier with 1 month old?

Dr. Lori Semel
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His dr said to use a humidifier just want to make sure. Is it safe to use Vicks humidifier with 1 month old?

Humdifier: If you put the vicks in the humidifier and not on the baby, it is ok. ...Read more

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