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Doctor insights on: Vicks Humidifier For Infants

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Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

Is it safe to put Vicks vapor rub in mist humidifier for infant?

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

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 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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What are humidifiers? How can be used to treat cold in infants ?

What are humidifiers? How can be used to treat cold  in infants ?

Moisturizes air: Humidifiers are generally a water source with a fan and some sort of wick, often fabric.The fan draws air across the wick which adds water to the air. It's best use is in settings where dry heat has extracted moisture from the air and made it dry enough to dehydrate your nasal passages and airway. It is never needed in a humid setting.It does not treat a cold, but makes dry heat less irritating. ...Read more

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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?

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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If I am purchasing a impeller humidifier for my 3mos baby to help with his coughing..How long do u keep it on?

If I am purchasing a impeller humidifier for my 3mos baby to help with his coughing..How long do u keep it on?

Humidifier: Use the humidifier as long as the child is coughing. If it is very dry in your house continue to use the humidifier especially at night while the child is sleeping. ...Read more

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My baby s 1 year.the wintet started n i keep room heaters on almost all the time.s it necessary 2 use humidifier.if s which type humidifier shud i use?

My baby s 1 year.the wintet started n i keep room heaters on almost all the time.s it necessary 2 use humidifier.if s which type humidifier shud i use?

Not necessary,: but can be helpful with the dry air from heaters in the winter. The dry air can cause dry skin and nasal congestion and sometimes nosebleeds. A cool mist humidifer is best. ...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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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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When would you use a vaporizer VS using a humidifier? Which would you use to constantly maintain a clean aired baby room ?

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