A humidifier for baby’s nursery is an essential accessory especially in cold winter days. As cool weather approaches and we are turning on the heating in our houses, you probably have noticed the common symptoms of dry air, which make you feel quite uncomfortable.
Being in the room where the humidity is very low can lead to potential health problems such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, nosebleeds, cracked lips and general dehydration since during respiration our body fluids are depleted. In case of severe allergy an air purifier might be an essential component to a humidifier in order to maintain a healthy and allergen free home.
Other common symptoms are skin irritations, eye itching and static electricity, quite an irritating effect which causes mild electric shock and on top of that it makes you feel colder in the room even though the temperature is set to a comfortable level. This is how we feel as adults, imagine how this affects our kids especially toddlers since they cannot tell us why they are crying.
This is why it is important for us to make sure that the air in our houses is of the best quality and the humidity is at right level. It is common for young children to suffer from 6 to 8 upper respiratory tract infections every year.
One of the best way to alleviate, or even avoid these problems is by using a humidifier. Humidifier health aspects are great and definitely worth getting one for your house and specially a humidifier for baby. By increasing air moisture in your home, and/or your child’s room, you can not only alleviate his/her symptoms, but can also help to prevent them all together.
There are many different types of baby humidifiers you can choose from since they vary in both size and method utilized to control the humidity and on top of that each type of humidifier has its own benefits and drawbacks.
There are basically 2 types of humidifiers:
- Cool mist humidifier
- Warm mist humidifier
The difference between them is that cool mist humidifier creates the mist using unheated water the warm mist humidifier on the other hand boils the water, though the steam is cooled down before it is released so the mist is not cool neither hot but rather warm.
Also there are different types of cool and warm mist humidifiers. Cool mist humidifiers will use evaporative or ultrasonic system to generate mist and neither system produces heat or hot water, this type is considered to be the safest to use when you have small children.
The warm mist humidifier known as vaporizer contains a small med receptacle and can be used for steaming medications which helps in reducing coughs and sinus congestion. Many units have a ultra-violet light which kills bacteria in the water before dispensing the mist into the air.
Cool mist is a preferred humidifier for baby over warm mist, the reason being your baby safety, there is no danger of burns from accidentally spilled hot water.
How to Choose a Humidifier for the Baby‘s Room?
Firs thing first, before you buy one you have to decide what type of humidifier you would need, cool or warm mist or maybe you would prefer instead a dual unit, another more advance and pricier but worth considering model is a 4 in 1unit which combines the function of air humidification, fragrance, activated carbon filtering & deodorization and anion purification, bringing you a fresh environment.
In case your baby suffers from allergies a very good option would be to get a 2 in 1 unit air washer and humidifier which will wash dust, pollen and other impurities from the air and return humidified air to the room so your baby can breathe easily.
Another very important device that you will need is a hygrometer, this is a device that measures the humidity in the room/house and gives you a read-out percentage. When it comes to percentage of humidity in your house you have to be careful, because the humidity level should be between 30 and 50 %, below 30% it will cause chapped lips, static electric shock or dry and itchy skin, over 50% will cause dust mites, bacteria and growth of mold spores. That’s why it is important to keep the humidity level within the recommended limits. Many models come with built in hydrostat.
One important thing to remember is that bringing your home’s humidity to the proper level can not only benefit you and your family members health-wise, but can also save you money each year. You will pay less for your heating bills when you feel warmer at a lower temperature. That means everything in your home, from you plants to your pets to your furniture to your loved ones to you, can benefit from its results.