Wintertime Woes? How a Humidifier Can Help

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It's that time of year when kids are coming home with sniffles, dry skin, or worse. In my family, thanks to an astute pediatrician, we have found a really simple solution to help make the whole family a little more comfortable during the tough winter months: a humidifier.

What are the benefits? Read on.

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The FDA recommends against giving over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to children under two. But don't despair; parents can still help their sniffling, sneezing, coughing, sleep-deprived babies and toddlers. The simple solution? A cool-mist humidifier tops the list of safe alternatives according to the FDA.

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Many parents like using essential oils to help their children feel better. Some humidifiers, like the Digital Humidifier from Babymoov, have the option to diffuse essential oil blends.

Check out this blend from clinical aromatherapist, Lea Harris.

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According to the Mayo Clinic, “Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which helps ease coughing and congestion due to a cold.” The Mayo Clinic recommends always using a cool-mist humidifier for children.

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Many parents find that their baby's baby-soft skin starts to become dry and irritated in the winter. Because a humidifier adds moisture to the air, it can help prevent dry skin, which can become uncomfortable for children. That makes a humidifier a good idea even if your baby is feeling fine!

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Flu germs might live longer in dry air. Because humidifiers add moisture to the air, they can possibly kill those flu germs and help keep baby healthy.

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Because humidifiers can help keep baby more comfortable by alleviating cold and flu symptoms and keeping his skin soft, many babies sleep better with a humidifier in their rooms.

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The Mayo Clinic cautions that humidity levels that are too low or too high can cause problems. Ideal humidity should be between 30% and 50%. A humidifier like the Babymoov digital humidifier allows you to set and monitor the humidity level in baby's room so that you can make adjustments easily if needed.

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Also, be sure to clean your humidifier regularly because mold, mildew, and bacteria can grow in the humidifier if not properly maintained. Check your humidifier's owner's manual and follow the instructions so that none of these harmful contaminants wind up in the air.

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Wintertime Woes? How a Humidifier Can Help

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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