As someone who grew up with a cool mist humidifier constantly running, I’m all for using them! But it wasn’t until college I realized not everyone had one cranking in their bedroom each night. As someone who has always had eczema issues and being prone to bloody noses in arid climates, I swear by the benefits of a humidifier! To be perfectly honest, I loathe cleaning them, setting up the water and getting it going every night. But I know I feel so much better when I’ve got it going!
Before we get into the medical benefits of using a cool mist humidifier, let’s talk about picking the right one and keeping it clean.
This cool mist humidifier by Pure Enrichment is my all time favorite! The parts aren’t complicated and each part of the nozzle comes apart- making it very easy to clean! We’ve been known to put the whole thing (not the electronic part!) in the dishwasher…but I’m not so sure that’s in the care instructions 😆
One of the best features of this humidifier is the light within the tank! You can easily turn it on or off…which I highly suggest!!! While the blue light does look cool, it really adds way too much light to your child’s room, and could actually trigger wakings at night. Remember, the darker the room the better!! Simply turn the night light feature off, and either turn the tank around so the button (which lights up) so it faces the wall, or simply cover with a post-it note to block the light!
So while I can talk a big game about how much I personally love a humidifier and feel the benefits, Kate Morse, Pediatric RN, is also here to educate us on WHY you should add one to your child’s room this season:
Dry air can be very irritating to the nose, mouth and eyes. Humidified air is a great way to keep the nasal passages open and to help with nasal congestion, especially in the midst of cold and flu season! A cool mist humidifier can be placed in your child’s bedroom at night and/or during naps. Just be sure that the air is not blowing directly on your child and be sure the cord is kept safely out of reach.
Besides Amazon, you can find humidifiers at most retailers. When choosing one, be careful you read the box! There are two types of humidifiers: cool mist and warm mist. Since this is a blog and service geared for children we highly suggest a COOL MIST humidifier to use in your child’s room. Warm mist humidifiers may pose a safety risk to your child if they get too close to the hot steam or come in contact with the hot water. Follow your humidifier’s instructions (and the tips above!) for how to keep it clean.
If you don’t have a cool mist humidifier, or if you’re looking for a quicker way to help your child’s congestion, try turning on a hot shower and shut the door so the bathroom fills with steam. Let your child sit in the bathroom for a few minutes to help with their stuffy nose!
Wishing you sweet sleep despite the sniffles this season!
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