Warm or Cool Mist Humidifiers for Babies: What to Choose and Why?

Warm or Cool Mist Humidifiers for Babies: What to Choose and Why?

Warm or Cool Mist Humidifiers for BabiesAll humidifiers are good at moisturizing the room. But depending on the situation, one might be better than the other. And when a baby is that “situation”, choosing the best humidifier is a very important task.

You could have hundreds of different reasons as to why you’d want to get yourself a bedroom humidifier.

Maybe you get teary eyes, dry coughs or itchy skin. Maybe you wake up with a bloody nose, or your allergies amplify. Maybe your asthma is worsening in winter days.

Maybe your wallpapers started falling off, or your child has some respiratory difficulties.

No matter what the cause might be, getting a humidifier is one of those investments that you can be 100 percent sure it’s worth every penny.

But choosing a proper humidifier can often be a difficult decision. Even though all of them do the same task, which is to return moisture into the air, they do so by applying different methods, and depending on the situation, one might be better than the other.

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Popular humidifier types

Among the most popular types of humidifiers are the warm mist and the cool mist humidifiers.

Warm mist humidifiers have a water tank that heats the water to 100 degrees Celsius. The water evaporates, and the humidifier releases the warm vapor into the room.

On the other hand, cool mist humidifiers don’t heat the water. Instead, they (most commonly) use a wick, or a big sponge that absorbs large amounts of water, and a fan that blows air into the wick, thus spreading small droplets of water into the air.

Both have their pros and cons: While warm mist humidifiers are safer (preheated water can’t spread bacteria or viruses), cool mist humidifiers are more energy efficient, as they don’t need a powerful energy source to preheat the water.

Baby on board

They are also usually less noisy.

Both will do the job of humidifying a room equally well – but which one do you choose if you have a baby or an infant in the room?

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Some might say, from the top of their head – that using a cool mist humidifier would be an obvious choice here, because having a heater close to a baby means asking for a tragedy.

Even though that might be true, my advice would still be to go for a warm mist humidifier, rather than a cool one.

The risk of burns can easily be avoided by placing a humidifier somewhere where the baby can’t reach it – on top of a closet, or a highly placed shell.

And spending an extra few dollars on electricity is definitely worth it – considering what’s at stake – the baby’s health.

Using a cool mist humidifier means regular and rigorous cleaning, in order to prevent the spread of mold or bacteria, which can be hazardous to a baby’s health.

Health issues

Miss it, and you’re risking extra respiratory problems, asthma, and / or allergies.

Cleaning must be done with a 10 percent bleach solution.

As Mayo Clinic says, in order to properly clean a cool mist humidifier, use nine parts of water to one part bleach, and clean it every day.

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Just because a warm mist humidifier kills bacteria during heating, it doesn’t mean your room is absolutely safe from viruses.

They can enter the room through other means, and they spread in warmer environments, meaning that your warm mist humidifier actually hurts more than it helps.

So make sure you ventilate your room regularly, don’t warm it up too much, and keep the humidifier out of your child’s reach.

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