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Dr. Barry Bergman Dr. Bergman
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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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

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. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can a vaporizer next to baby's crib help with congestion and stuffy noise?

Can a vaporizer next to baby's crib help with congestion and stuffy noise?

Increasing humidity: offers some relief from the discomfort of nasal congestion in infants, and also helps during Croup type infections. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can i give a 15 month old anything to help her cough and congestion. Use Vicks baby rub and a humidifier but cough keeps her up at night.

Can i give a 15 month old anything to help her cough and congestion.  Use Vicks baby rub and a humidifier but cough keeps her up at night.

Avoid aromas: Any odor can aggravate a cough in a young infant or child. I encourage paents to avoid Vicks or similar aroma products until school age, if ever. Proper fluid intake, nasal wash with saline and Robitussin are the things we can use at this age. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is it unsafe to for a 9 month old to have a Vicks vaporizer with the vaposteam in the water? My baby has a cough and congestion that keeps her awake.

Is it unsafe to for a 9 month old to have a Vicks vaporizer with the vaposteam in the water? My baby has a cough and congestion that keeps her awake.

I never use it: I find any scented material is more of an air pollutant in small kids than helpful. There airways are different than adults and often become more congested and or drain more when fragrances are used. I basically never recommend it .I can remember the stinky stuff my mom used when I was young, and still hate the smell. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Patterson Dr. Patterson
Pediatrics
28 years in practice
Albany Medical College
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I've a 3 month old w/ really bad allergies/ congestion. I'm using humidifier, Vicks baby rub, elevated crib mattress what else can I do?

I've a 3 month old w/ really bad allergies/ congestion. I'm using humidifier, Vicks baby rub, elevated crib mattress what else can I do?

See your doctor: It would be unusual for a 3 month old to have allergies leading to nasal congestion. At that age, their nose is small, so it does not take much to plug it up. If they have had the congestion going on for more than a few days, is associated with fever (a temperature over 100.4f) or fussiness or poor eating, then needs to be seen soon. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Wachs Dr. Wachs
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
22 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine
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My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

My baby had chest congestion but no runny nose. I've been using a vaporizer. Now her nose has started running. Doesthis mean she's getting better or worse?

Depends: Both are symptoms of a common cold and can appear at different times, but do not mean it is getting worse. However, if the symptoms are lasting more than 7-10 days or there are additional symptoms including, but not limited to such as fever, difficulty breathing, wheezing , i would recommend seeing a pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Cool mist humidifier or vaporizer is good for babies? Is cool mist ok for winter?

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

Dr. Colton Bradshaw Dr. Bradshaw
Pediatrics
years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
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Ultrasonic humidifier or vaporizer for babies to get ride of cold ?

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

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My infant is congested coughing and has RSV should I get a vaporizer or humidifier? What is the difference

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

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Dr. Maya Vazirani Dr. Vazirani
Pediatrics - Neonatology
49 years in practice
Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Seth G. S. Medical College
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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

Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER Dr. COLDWATER
Pediatrics
34 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Is a humidifier good for chest congestion?

Is a humidifier good for chest congestion?

Usually: A cool mist humidifier can put more moisture in the air which can help with allergies, congestion and when you have a cold or the flu. Some ultrasonic humidifiers are nice, but may be a bit more expensive. I don't recommend a steam vaporizer, especially when there may be children in the house since it is full of boiling water and cause serious burns if the child gets too close or tips it over. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Is it safe to use a humidifier for my nasal congestions?

Is it safe to use a humidifier for my nasal congestions?

Yes: This is safe to do. Make sure the humidifier is clean and make sure you use fresh water that is changed frequently. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Is using a camphor liquid made for warm mist humidifier dangerous? I have a cough and congestion.

Is using a camphor liquid made for warm mist humidifier dangerous? I have a cough and congestion.

Xlear: Your doc may tell you that you have a sinus infection. You can use a natural product called xlear (pronounced "clear") to clean out nasal (oxymetazoline) passages and break up the biofilm where germs multiply. Tastes good too! Please skip the camphor and just use a warm mist humidifier. ...Read more

Dr. Nayla Mumneh Dr. Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Can I use the vapor steam liquid medication inside the warm steam vaporizer to clear my 5 month old chest congestion? Or should I use plain water.

Can I use the vapor steam liquid medication inside the warm steam vaporizer to clear my 5 month old chest congestion? Or should I use plain water.

Plain: If it stinks/has any odor, it is actually irritating to babies airway and potentially harmful.Plain water produces a moistening steam that soothes the airway. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

26m old daughter has chest congestion for over a month with cough n sometimes difficulty breathing. We use hot humidifier n Vicks rub. Suggestions?

Stop the vicks: This is not unusual at that age.Any previous cold or lower respiratory illness can be aggravated by fragrances like that in vicks. I never recommend that product until school age if ever. I find it prolongs the problem . ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Buchfuhrer Dr. Buchfuhrer
Internal Medicine
40 years in practice
University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
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Am thinking of getting neilmed nasogel spray for dry noses. Should i? I use cpap and even with humidifier turned up, i get crusty nose or congestion.

Am thinking of getting neilmed nasogel spray for dry noses. Should i? I use cpap and even with humidifier turned up, i get crusty nose or congestion.

Sprays may help: Saline gels/sprays are often very helpful for dry noses especially for people with sleep apnea who are using cpap. Using a humidifier in the house (especially in the winter) may also be helpful to keep humidity levels up prior to sleep time. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion? I have no allergies.

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
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Would getting a humidifier stop my runny nose and congestion?  I have no allergies.

See an allergist: That would help better, although getting a humidifier might help, but momentarily, if you really live in a very dry environment, it would soothe some. Looking for a cause for your symptoms and treating it is useful in the long term, start with your doctor, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

Dr. Matthew Roman
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Vaporizer (Definition)

A vaporizer or humidifier may help thin thick nasal secretions, helping to unblock nasal passages. If the water reservoir is not kept clean, it can grow mold, which can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Loury
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Congestion (Definition)

Congestion = aggregation ...Read more