HOW HUMIDIFIERS HELP BABIES
KEEPING A HUMIDIFIER IN YOUR BABY’S ROOM
Humidifiers are meant to keep us more comfortable and healthier during colder months of the year when the air tends to be very dry. Since adults are recommended to place a humidifier in their home during the winter, many also wonder if it is good for you to have a humidifier in your baby’s room as well.
It is obvious you will want to make sure your child is well taken care of throughout every season of the year. To do this you may want to consider getting a humidifier for your their room, especially for use at night while they are sleeping. There are many sound reasons for getting your child a humidifier.
BENEFITS OF A HUMIDIFIER FOR YOUR BABY
Here are some of the advantages your child stands to gain from sleeping in a room with a humidifier:
- Prevent symptoms of dry air
When the relative humidity levels in your home drop below a certain point, your body will start to react to the low moisture in the air. Having a dry and itchy nose, watering or dry eyes, coughing, excessive sneezing and more can all be signs of dry air in your house. Your baby is not as well developed as the older members of the household, making them more susceptible to these types of negative reactions. All of these can cause discomfort and make it more difficult for your baby to sleep well at night.
- Avoid diseases more easily
When your child starts experiencing dried out nasal passages or a drier throat it may be easier for them to catch some of the common sicknesses that go around during colder months. A child’s immune system is already weaker than that of an adult but the dry air can cause your baby’s body to be at a reduced state of ability to fight off sickness creating pockets in the nasal cavity and throat which might become infected more quickly.
- Improve health of the skin
Dry skin is arguably the number one most noticeable sign of dry air in a home. Babies have more sensitive of skin than do adults, making it easier for them to suffer worse from dry skin. Rashes, eczema, tender skin, chapped lips and more can all be the unfortunate results of overly dry skin. Besides, some parents use the normal diapers which cause rashes around the rims of the diapers. The rashes and dry skin make your baby feel uncomfortable at night. Placing a humidifier in your baby’s room is likely to reduce or eliminate all of the issues with dry skin that your child may experience. Moreover, you should use reusable diaper for your baby to prevent eczema and rashes.
- Help with smooth breathing
Breathing well requires clear airways. Young babies do not breath well through their mouths so they rely mostly on their noses to do all of the breathing. If nasal passages get swollen or clogged due to excessively dry air than it can be more difficult for your child to breathe well at night. Adding a humidifier may help to improve your baby’s breathing at night.
CONSIDERATIONS TO MAKE WHEN CHOOSING A HUMIDIFIER
As you are getting this humidifier for your child’s room, you must consider some very particular features of the device that you end up purchasing to fill the need. Think about these factors before making a humidifier purchase:
Type of humidifier
Choosing a cool mist humidifier is recommended for your child’s safety. Whole house humidifiers can also be a great choice.
Size of humidifier
Do you want a tabletop device or a freestanding model?
Is there an area in the child’s room where it would be safe to place a humidifier? Active and adventurous children can cause problems if they are able to reach the device.
Check how often you need to clean the humidifier and perform basic maintenance in order to keep it free of potentially harmful bacterial growth.
Will the device be too loud for your child to sleep when it is on? Some children are soothed by a quiet, steady noise.