Q: Are Humidifiers Good For Babies? (Here’s What We Know)

  • A humidifier is a small machine that adds moisture into the air
  • Using a humidifier for your baby has it’s own pros and cons
  • Learn 4 great benefits humidifiers can give your baby today
  • Dr. William Sears suggests ultrasonic humidifiers for your baby

Is there a small baby in your house and are you thinking of buying a humidifier?

Do you want to know more about how it works and what it can do?

Do you also want to know how using a humidifier can benefit your baby?

If you have any questions related to using a humidifier when there is a baby present in the house, this article could help you with some of the more important points. Take a look at what a humidifier actually is and how it works, as well as understand whether or not it can be good to be used for your baby. We also tell you how a humidifier can be helpful for your baby, especially if you place it in your baby’s room, and talk about a few benefits of doing the same. Not just that, to help you make a more informed choice, we also talk about the different types of humidifiers and which one could be the most suitable for your little one.

So if these are some of the questions you have, do take a look.

What is a humidifier? How does it work and what does it do?

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A humidifier is a small machine that helps to add moisture to the air. It is mostly used in places that have a dry climate or environment.

Take a look at how it works and what it does:

  • When you place the humidifier, which is a small device, in your baby’s room, or in a room in your house, it will help to control the amount of humidity that is present in the air in that room.
  • Usually, a humidifier will contain a large amount of water around its base. When the air passes through the filter present in the humidifier, some of the water gets evaporated.
  • As a result, this water that goes through the evaporation process helps to add moisture in the air.
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    Most humidifiers today come with features that allow them to work depending on the type of climate they are placed in. For instance, if there is a lot of humidity in the air, a lesser amount of water will get evaporated. On the other hand, if the amount of humidity is relatively low, a larger amount of steam will be released into the air by the humidifier.

Are humidifiers good for babies?

Just like anything else, a humidifier also has its pros and cons, especially when you use it for your baby, or specifically in your baby’s room. This is why it is so important to buy the humidifier from a brand that you can trust.

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  • Humidifiers help to keep the air moist by using cool air. This can help your baby to breathe easier, especially if your baby has a tendency to suffer from cold and cough.
  • Also, if your baby already has a cold or is suffering from a stuffy nose, using a humidifier in the room can give almost the same results as your baby will get by inhaling steam. But in this case, the results will be faster and your baby won’t really have to sit through the entire ordeal of inhaling steam.
  • Using a humidifier in your baby’s room during the winters is also a very good idea. This is especially good because if you have central heating, it can reduce the amount of moisture that is present in the air, and using a humidifier can bring in some much needed moisture in the air.

How can your little one benefit from having one at home?

Here is a look at how humidifiers can have a positive effect on your baby:

1. Your baby’s health

  • If you live in a dry climate, or if you always have the air conditioning on in the room, it can suck out the moisture from the air and make the environment in the room extremely dry.
  • When that happens, your baby may suffer from a stuffy nose, have sore or itchy throat or even feel uncomfortable without being able to express it properly.
  • Babies and especially newborns are very prone to congestion, and in such a situation, they may be at a higher risk of infection.
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    Using a humidifier will bring back moisture into the air that will make it easier for your baby to breathe.
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2. The quality of your baby’s sleep

  • If your baby is constantly suffering from a sore or itchy throat, or has a stuffy nose and suffers regularly from congestion, it can make it very difficult for your baby to breathe.
  • In this case, your baby may start trying to breathe from the mouth, and if your baby does this a lot, it can also worsen the condition and dry up your baby’s lips.
  • This can cause more discomfort and pain to your baby, especially if the lips become too dry, as then they run the risk of getting chapped and turn painful.
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    If your baby is not able to breathe freely, it will interfere with their sleep and make them cranky, which can also interfere with your baby’s feeding and overall mood.

3. Your baby’s skin

  • By adding moisture back into the dry air, a humidifier also helps to prevent any problems related to dry and itchy skin in your baby.
  • If the air becomes too dry, whether due to a very cold climate, or due to constant air conditioning, it can cause extreme dryness on your baby’s skin, which is already very sensitive.
  • If the skin becomes dry, it will soon start turning itchy, and in some cases, you may also notice redness, swelling or rashes, especially if your baby also tries to scratch it all the time.
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    This could also increase the risk of infection and bruising in babies.
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    Once the humidifier adds back moisture in the air, it will soothe your baby’s skin and prevent dryness. It will also help to prevent any skin conditions such as eczema, which is most common in newborns and infants.
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4. The cleanliness of the room you place it in

  • Humidifiers can also kill the bacteria and germs present in the air in your baby’s room because of the mist that they throw out.
  • As a result, the room where you place the humidifier in will be more hygienic and safer for your baby and you.

Are there different types of humidifiers? Which one is the best for babies?

There are a variety of humidifiers and some of the most common types of humidifiers include a central humidifier, an evaporator, a steam vaporizer, an impeller humidifier and an ultrasonic humidifier. These also vary based on size which makes them suitable for the entire house, or for a specific room.

According to popular pediatrician and author Dr. William Sears, you can use the newer variety of ultrasonic humidifiers for your baby. Some of these humidifiers can break down the water particles into a fine mist as well as produce very tiny vapour particles, which makes it easier and cleaner for baby to breathe, and also makes it the perfect type of humidifier for your little one.

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