Humidifiers for babies are used when a baby has a cold or congestion and cannot take over the counter medication. For small babies and children, doctors do not recommend using cold medicines, but using more natural treatments, such as extra humidity and saline nasal sprays and washes when your baby has a respiratory tract infection, cold or the flu.
Many pediatricians tell parents to go out and purchase a humidifier, but when parents get to the store, the confusion begins. The vast array of choices available is nothing short of amazing. There are vaporizers and humidifiers and ultrasonic humidifiers and one room humidifiers and even whole house humidifiers. You want what is best for your baby, but what is really the best humidifier for infants?
Vaporizers make steam. Since steam is hot, you need to be extra careful when you use a vaporizer around a baby. Many pediatricians recommend cool mist humidifiers for this reason, but many babies have an easier time breathing in the warmer moist air instead of the cooler air. You can test this by taking your baby into a steamy bathroom. Does baby seem to breathe easier or not? Some humidifiers come in cool shapes and colors. These are adorable as room décor, but you need to be careful because children may be fascinated by them and may want to play with these humidifiers. This could lead to injury.
Humidifiers for babies need to be chosen based on the size of the room. You want enough humidity, but too much humidity in a room can cause problems, too. You will need to watch out for mold and mildew growing in a room where a humidifier runs regularly. Some parents choose to only run a humidifier in the winter months when the air is dry because of home heating. This can be the best of both worlds because cold and flu season is also in winter.
It is very important that you keep up the regular maintenance on your humidifier because the humidifier itself can harbor germs if you are not careful. Be sure to follow the manufacturers recommendations. These recommendations usually include changing the water daily, changing or washing filters regularly and cleaning the humidifier with bleach or vinegar at least weekly. If you want to be extra careful, a humidifier run with distilled water will be cleaner and you will not have any problems with mineral build up.
When parents are looking for humidifiers for babies, there are many choices and safety concerns. Do your homework and research as much as possibly before purchasing a unit for your baby.