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humidifier in 4 month old room?

is it safe to put a humidifier in my 4 month old son's room or will it make him more suseptible to respitory infections in the future(my husband read this somewhere)? his little cheeks are dry and red and he seems stuffy? thanks for your help.

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Asked by Keri77 at 6:05 PM on Dec. 28, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • As long as you keep it clean, it's a great idea. Infections from humidifiers come from not keeping them clean because they can be breeding grounds for bacteria.

    Answer by SamanthaAgain at 6:18 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

  • In the winter, many homes (especially in apartement complexes or with forsed air heating) absolutely need humidifiers. If the air becomes too try your child can have bad skin pealing, frequent coughing fits, and such dry boogies it will block breathing and force you to suck them out often enough it can cause pain. As mentioned earlier, as long as the humidifier is kept clean bacteria that causes respitory infections will not be an issue.
    Just remember:
    --Hot air humidifier is most effective but can cause burns (not good for homes with children)
    --Warm air humidifier is more effective than cold air but more likely to bread bacteria. Best for appartments with severe dry air problems.
    --Cold air humidifier is least effective but needs to be cleaned less often. Best for babies rooms that are not abnormaly dry and just need a little extra moisture.

    Answer by Butterflyechick at 6:32 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

  • I have had a vicks humidifier in my DS room since like 2 months per docters orders but yeah Im pretty sure its okay

    Answer by serenaxxmarie at 6:46 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

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