J.E. asks from Belle Chasse, LA on January 14, 2008
Warm or Cool Mist Humidifier for My Toddler?
My son has had what I thought was a really bad cold the past week and we finally took him to the ER last night. Turns out he has a mild case of pneumonia. I am going to get a humidifier for his room to help with the coughing but I don't know the diff. between a cool or warm mist humidifier. Anyone know which kind I should get? Thanks for the info.
L.M. answers from Nashville on January 15, 2008
Here's a couple links that I hope will help answer your questions about humidifiers.
What I use, can be used for anyone of any age, is putting vicks on the bottom of your feet before bedtime, cover your feet with socks and that will help with the coughing. It's amazing how this works!! My little one also had a pnemonia and it worked wonders with her cough.
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T.D. answers from Montgomery on January 15, 2008
Cool mist humidifier, my son had this too.
M.G. answers from Biloxi on January 15, 2008
I was told by 2 different pediatricians to use the cool mist humidifier. I do and of course I can't really tell that it helps a substantial amount. And I find them quite messy as far as getting EVERYTHING sopping wet. With that said, when my son starts with a cough, I elevate the head of his crib with a pillow and plug in the humidifier. At least I feel like I'm doing SOMETHING!
A.W. answers from Baton Rouge on January 14, 2008
My little one has nasal congestion right now, and I told the nurse all I had was a cold humidifier. So, she told me to put warm water in it and it will blow out warm air. So, to answer your question, I would guess the warm air humidifier would be best, except you take the risk of your toddler possibly knocking it over and burning himself on it. (I'm not sure how "warm" or "hot" they get, though).
K.M. answers from Nashville on January 17, 2008
Definitely cool mist but be sure to change out the water every 2-3 days to decrease mold growth.
K. answers from Nashville on January 14, 2008
I can DEFINITELY help you out on this one! Get the cool mist humidifier. I asked my pediatrician about a month ago which one to get and he said that they both do a good job. So, I went out and got a Vick's warm mist humidifier...MISTAKE, because it heats up and ends up spitting out hot water (it might not do that if I didn't fill it up to the line) but regardless, the water gets pretty hot so I would definitely go with the cool mist so that he will not end up getting burned.
Hope he gets to feeling better!
J.Y. answers from Memphis on January 14, 2008
I took my 6 mth old to the doctor last week for head cold/ nasal congestion and was told to use a humidifier (cool mist) not the vaporizer (warm mist). Give the nurse a call and she should be able to tell you which would be best for you.
J.S. answers from Chattanooga on January 14, 2008
I would ask your pediatrician. I think they use one for "nasal" issues and the other for "chest" congestion but I don't know which one uses the warm and cold....but your doctor will definately have a preference!
Hope that helps.