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Doctor insights on: How To Use Cool Mist Humidifier

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

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

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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Please describe a good cool mist humidifier that actually produces cool mist?

It's plenty: You can check reviews on the internet or go in nearby wall-mart, k-mart, home depot etc. You have to decide: what size of the room you would like to humidify, would you like to have it with filter or without, what type would you like to have: ultrasonic or not, big or small (for how many liters), etc. ...Read more

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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?

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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Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

Is a cool mist humidifier better for croup than a warm mist humidifier?

See below:: Throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century, cool mist administration was the mainstay of treatment for croup. Hospitals had "croup rooms" filled with cool mist. However, despite its continued widespread use, little evidence supports the clinical efficacy of cool mist. Randomized studies of children with moderate-to-severe croup revealed no difference in outcome for treated vs not. ...Read more

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Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

Is a cool mist or a warm mist humidifier recommended for children and why?

May Not Matter: There is an old study that demonstrated cool air/moisture penetrates deeper into the respiratory tree. But not by much. There may be very little practical difference. ...Read more

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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

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

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How many feet should u put a cool mist humidifier from a baby for maximum benefit? Thank you

How many feet should u put a cool mist humidifier from a baby for maximum benefit? Thank you

For young infants,: Put a cool must humidifier across the room up to a maximum of 50% humidity, because, in theory, you could overload them with water if it's too close. I guess that's probably 7-9 feet in most bedrooms. Keep the humidifier & its cord up where a 6-month-old & older can't pull it over. Run it with a 10% Clorox solution to clean it when baby's not in the room, followed by a cycle of fresh water. ...Read more

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Is a cool most humidifier better for dry coughs and congestion or a warm mist humidifier better?

Humidifier: Should be cool for upper airway obstruction like croup and if it is a less than 1 yr ols it should be hot for sinusitis so nasal drainage liquefies and easy to drain make sure the machine is cleaned prior to use so there is no mold accumulation ...Read more

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What is the best type of humidifier for sinus problems, warm mist or cool mist?

What is the best type of humidifier for sinus problems, warm mist or cool mist?

See below:: For safety, use cool-mist humidifiers for children. Hot water or steam from a warm-mist humidifier or steam vaporizer can burn a child if he or she gets too close. Warm-mist and cool-mist humidifiers are equally effective in humidifying the air. Also, by the time the water vapor reaches your child's lower airways, it's the same temperature regardless of whether it started out warm or cool. ...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 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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Can I put eucalyptus oil in my 7 month old baby's cool mist humidifier?

I don't recommend it: I find these scented mists often aggravate a infants's cough and may lead to more nasal congestion. It probably doesn't bother those older than 5 or so but even then I consider it air pollution. ...Read more

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Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Which helps more: vaporizer or cool mist humidifier for baby chest congestion?

Same: Humidifier or vaporizer both add moisture to the air to help keep our secretions moist and thin. I think they basically do the same. ...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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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?

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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My daughter is 3 and gets a lot of bloody noses. Her dr said to try a humidifier. Which would be the best for her a cool or warm mist?

My daughter is 3 and gets a lot of bloody noses. Her dr said to try a humidifier. Which would be the best for her a cool or warm mist?

Cool for a 3 y/o: The mist from both is the same, but the dangers of hot water from a warm mist humidiifer is very real with a 3 year old. I have seen too many burns from warm/hot humidifiers where curious toddlers touch them or get too close and get burned. Also, you have to be very conscientious about cleaning warm ones daily as they are more prone to harbor molds and other germs in the warm mist. Go with cool! ...Read more

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Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Which is better to use when u have brohncatis and asthma when sick a cool mist humidifier or a warm mist vaporizer it's for my daughters 9 and 11?

Asthma plan: Reducing post nasal drip with nasal saline rinses and a mild decongestant at bedtime may help alleviate their symptoms. If they have asthma, I would suggest reviewing their asthma plan. Some children will need an inhaled or by mouth steroid during an illness, to control inflammation. A virtual appt is also available online. ...Read more

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