cool or warm mist humidifier

Anna - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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We live in an old, dry house with radiant heat. For the past week, my daughter has woken up with a super stuffy, dry nose that I treat with saline drops. I'd like to get her a humidifier to help prevent her from getting so plugged up but I'm unsure whether to get a warm mist or cool mist humidifier. I know it helps her during the day when I have water boiling on the stove but I've heard that warm mist models can harbor bacteria. What do you recommend?

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Melissa - posted on 10/30/2009

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We had the same problem with my son. From what I understand the only reason to use a cool mist is safety. If the child gets too close or something else happens there is no chance of burning. If you prefer the idea of a warm humidifier, I have seen products available that claim to prevent bacterial growth. Also, if you use distilled water it may help.

Tonya - posted on 10/31/2009

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I was thinking the same thing. Looking at all of them in the store is mind boggling. But, I read somewhere it doesn't really matter, by the time the moisture reaches them it is cool anyway. But, in the winter you just think warm.

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Sheryl - posted on 11/01/2009

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My doctor recommended to get the cool mist for the young ones because it is safer... If the water spills, they can get burned on the warm ones.

Ashley - posted on 11/01/2009

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My pediatrition told me to use a cool mist humidifier not only for safety reasons but because of the heat bacteria can build up in there and then put it back in the air.

Tracie - posted on 10/31/2009

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It's up to your preference. They do the same thing. Just a note though, don't forget that the moist air allows yucky stuff to multiply and if anyone has allergies, it may make it worse. Mention it to your ped. and see what they say.

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When my now 6 year old was very little my doctor recommended Warm mist. You have to wash the cool mist one very often and disinfect it so it doesn't end up spraying mold. Warm ones are based on a system where the water gets boiled. But you have to make sure there is NO danger of it falling or spilling, that the lid is tight, that its out of reach for her.

Hannah - posted on 10/31/2009

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I onyl reason why i would buy an extra cool mist humidifier is for during summer when it gets really hot especially also because you have to shut the windows to get the best effect from the humidifier.

Charlene - posted on 10/30/2009

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I am not a physician but when my son was a baby (we lived in Bakersfield, CA) he couldn't breathe through his nose. I got a warm water humidifier and put Vick's chest rub around the opening of the humidifier. It worked wonders. Using it occasionally shouldn't hurt, I don't think I'd do it every night though.

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