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We’re ready going to continue our gadgets and technology special care of our baby. And today we talk about an element that is not mentioned much until we recommended by the pediatrician: the best humidifier for baby. This device is a very simple element, comprising a container of water through different systems, evaporates and becomes part of the air from the room in which we have placed. With it, we will improve the moisture of stay and encourage the air we breathe is less aggressive to the airways. Then we will see that we can use this device, what types exist and the right way to use them at home.
Humidifiers: What They Are
At home, especially when we have small, it is critical to maintaining adequate atmosphere. This means that the temperature and humidity are at proper values. In winter, with the use of heating, with the increase of the first and second decline, coupled with the air of home usually renewed less, the situation is complicated.
Humidifiers help us improve this environment by increasing humidity, which also translates into a lower risk of microorganisms causing respiratory infections proliferate. Also, we get the air is not so dry, which prevents air produce irritation in the throat and skin. Finally, the passage of colds becomes more bearable if the humidity is between 40 and 60 percent.
Choosing The Right Humidifier
In winter, respiratory diseases are very common among children. The dry atmosphere and heating do not contribute anything to this type of process, mucous membranes and skin dry out, so the use of humidifiers is recommended to provide more moisture to the room.
A pleasant environment for the small room must be between 40% and 60% moisture.
A humidifier is a very useful purchase when we have children, but there are different types of devices that provide moisture to the air. Let us see what are, how they are used and that each case is indicated.
- Ultrasonic Humidifier: creates a dense fog of tiny particles of water through a system of ultrasonic vibrations. Those small water particles more easily reach the lower airways helping to reduce swelling of the throat, reducing the obstruction to the passage of air through the larynx, normalizing respiratory rate, and gas exchange. Use water at room temperature (it is recommended to use distilled water, although some do not require it) so there is no risk of burns. As ultrasonic, they are a bit more expensive, but it is important not noisy because then bother bedtime.
- Ultrasonic Humidifier with Ionizer: basically, its operation is the same as the ultrasonic humidifier with the addition that contains a negative ion generator that attack particulate pollutants are purifying the air you breathe baby.
- Humidifiers to hang on radiators: are a kind of ceramic vessels where water hanging from the radiators of the house is placed. It is a cheaper alternative, but not the same steam flow is achieved with electrical appliances. They serve to provide greater comfort to the environment but not specifically for the treatment of an inflammatory process or nasal congestion.
- Hot Spray: creates steam thanks to electric water heating elements. They can be applied essences but are not recommended use with babies. There is evidence that the application of hot, humid air helps the clinical improvement of nasal congestion.
Vaporizers are cheaper than ultrasonic humidifiers can use tap water and spread fewer allergens and pollutants humidifiers, but be careful where you place as the larger hot steam can cause burns.
For the characteristics of each, each is recommended for different situations. If there is nasal congestion, hot steam is recommended; if inflammation of the airways, cold vapor.
There are with steam flow regulator with a night light for baby’s room. Some can be programmed to work certain hours while others go off alone to finish the water tank.
The options are varied. But whatever we choose, we must know that according to the Spanish Association of Pediatrics “the use of humidifiers is limited to the symptomatic treatment of respiratory illnesses such as common colds and laryngitis. Their use in asthmatic and allergic children are discouraged by the possibility of triggering their symptoms. “