Getting a restful night’s sleep is essential to your child’s health. Cold season and dry winter weather can make this difficult for your infant or toddler because of coughing, runny noses, dry skin, nasal congestion, and other uncomfortable symptoms often seen this time of year.
To help children rest easier both day and night, many parents often add a humidifier to their child’s room. Humidifiers blanket rooms with a soothing, delicate mist to help children breathe easier and get relief from flu-like symptoms. With so many people touting the effectiveness of humidifiers, including pediatricians and allergists, it’s no wonder that there are so many models available.
Here are a few tips about how to choose the best humidifier for your infant or toddler.
- Warm versus Cool Mist Humidifiers. Although some parents choose warm mist humidifiers for perceived protection against bacteria growth, cool mist humidifiers are frequently recommended for infants and toddlers. Unlike their warm mist counterparts that can cause burn risks for children due to heated water in the tank, cool mist humidifiers offer the same benefits and no possibility of hot water coming into contact with curious hands and fingers. Cool mist is also preferred for children with asthma.
- Noise Levels. Humidifier noise levels can vary. Choose a quiet model, like ultrasonic humidifiers, which use high-frequency sounds waves (inaudible for humans) to create an invisible, delicate mist.
- Child-friendly Design. Humidifiers have become a staple in nurseries and bedrooms. With this in mind, manufacturers have created models that not only add beneficial moisture but whimsy and fun to a child’s room. For example, award-winning Crane Adorable models are available in a variety of child-friendly designs, including Freddy the Frog, Merlin the Dragon, and even Hello Kitty.
- Running Time. Parents of infants and toddlers always have an endless to-do list. Humidifiers that only need to be refilled every 24 hours are ideal for busy parents, relieving the need to constantly check water levels. More importantly, make sure that the humidifier you choose has an automatic shut-off to ensure that no accidents happen in case you forget to refill the water tank.
Do you use a humidifier in your child’s nursery or bedroom? Let us know your tips and suggestions for using a humidifier in the comments.