So as many of you know, my little guy has been sick with a fever over the past few days. Finally the fever has come down, but now he has developed a cough (the cutest cough you ever heard) and a sniffly nose. Poor little guy. His congestion spurred me to write a post about warm vs. cool air humidifiers and the differences....mostly because I was curious at what the differences were.
Both types of humidifiers help to add moisture to the air, which helps to ease breathing difficulties for our little ones!
Warm Air Humidifiers
- Usually Cost More due to the heating mechanism and electricity need to heat water
- May be dangerous for mobile children who can get to close to the hot air
- Add moisture to the air - but by the time it reaches the children/babies, it is usually room temperature
- These units tend to be quieter
- Clean more frequently due to the warm temperatures possible causing bacteria growth
- Increase the relative humidity in the air better than cool mist - making it idea for congestion
- Warms the airway allowing for ease of breathing (depending on proximity to humidifier)
Cool Air Humidifiers
- More Affordable
- Safer for children in general with no heating component
- Tend to be a little more noisy
- Some feel the cool air helps with allergies and asthma
My Option - Cheap and Easy
You could always put your little one in the bathroom in a bouncy seat or something while you take a shower...this is always a win-win situation...you get a much needed steaming hot shower in peace (hopefully), and the baby gets to breath the warm air:) Ahhhh
Do you use a humidifier when you little ones are sick?
Do you find that it helps them to breathe better?