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Vicks Humidifier For Infants
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
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
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
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
Either: Humidity is moisture in the air. It doesn't matter how it gets there. The main differences in the cool mist vs steam is the noise and the cost. Be sure to claen either machine at least weekly, to prevent mold build up. ...Read more
ALBUTROL MIST: Albuterol is a bronchdilater means it opens up the bronchi which go into spasm and cause the wheezing.It happens quite common in the babies with asthma and albutrerol inhalation is used to relieve the wheezing, but it does not do anything to the disease process which is inflammation in bronchi, so albuterol is used in combination with steroids.Other condition causing is wheezng is bronchiolitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Five year old daughter nonproductive cough. Children's Mucinex (guaifenesin) cough medicine not helping. Also tried vapor rub and cough drops. Nothing is helping.
Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?
Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes humidifiers are safe but they do need to be cleaned often because they do get some bacterial growth which then can be in the mist put out in the air and be of potential risk of causing infection. ...Read more
Coughing remedies for a 2.5 yr old?? Tried V- vapor rub on feet too.. Vaporizer ... Steam bath for 30 min.. Honey... Elevation.. Suction/saline
Cough: One thing to remember is that cough is a protective reflex. They are coughing for a reason and we don't want to extinguish cough aggressively. The next thing to consider is: how bad is the cough? How long has it been there for? What other symptoms? If there is an underlying process like wheezing, sinus infection or allergies then addressing the primary cause is going to be the mainstay of treatmen ...Read more
Dr.Farrell orders acute bronchiolitis due to RSV vaporizer at night saline&bulb suction encourage fluids smaller frequent feeds tylenol&albuterol as needed can I give my 3month old pedialyte&how much?
You may.: You may give pedialyte. However remember pedialyte does not provide enough calories. Pedialyte is not a medicine. It just helps to keep the hydration. If your 3 month old is taking feeds, it is better to continue breast-feeding. You can also express your breast milk and feed with a spoon in small amounts. I hope he/she gets better soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do I need to buy warm mist humidifier ? I got a cool mist Vicks humidifier will it treat post nasal drip , dry cough on winter and fall?
No: Humidifiers are fine for replacing the moisture in your environment that is lost when the heat is on.They don't have to mist to be effective.It is part of the Furnace system in the North,where the heat is on for months but not in Texas.We actually advise against heated mist because the heater is a hazard, and all mist cools before it reaches you. ...Read more
Treat the cause.: Difficult coughs may be triggered by various causes: lung inflammation, wheezing, sinus drainage, and even reflux. The best way to cope with cough is to treat the actual cause: antibiotics for infxn, inhaled steroids, bronchodilators, or even anti-reflux medications. One or more of these may be needed to quell the cough--even better than traditional cough meds. Claritin (loratadine) is for allergy, not cough. ...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
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