Air Purifier vs Humidifier for Baby

Does your baby need an air purifier or a humidifier? We put together a short guide to help you answer this question. First, we list out some common situations where either a humidifier or air purifier would be useful. Then at the end of this article are a few easy steps to help keep your home a comfortable and safe place for your baby. We also include a link to an article that focuses on how to choose an appropriate humidifier for your baby’s nursery.

Humidifiers and their uses

Here are the most common uses for humidifiers

  • Sinus pressure or stuffy nose from a coldĀ – since babies cannot use the same decongestants adults use, a humidifier is one of the best solutions to sinus congestion
  • Sore throats – same thing here, babies cannot use lozenges to soothe sore throats caused by dry air in the winter
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Dry skin, eyes or hair
  • Excessive snoring

Humidifiers, Bacteria and Viruses

The EPA regularly conducts a Community Water System Survey. In the last survey took place in 2006 and it indicates not all community water systems treat their water.

It is reasonable to assume there are unwanted contaminants in your drinking water. (Remember Flint, Michigan?) If you use a humidifier in your baby’s room be sure to take steps to clean the water.

There are humidifiers that comes equipped with ultraviolet lights designed to destroy bacteria, viruses and molds that may be present in water. The two top models are the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier and the Vicks V3900 Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier.

Check out this article that provides an in-depth review of the Honeywell HCM350W Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier. Alternatively, check out either of these products on Amazon by clicking the links below.

Reasons people use air purifiers

Most of the common reasons for using an air purifier do not apply to nurseries, however every situation is different.

  • The room has smells or is stuffycuddly cat
  • Allergy flare-ups are becoming more intense or frequent
  • You have recently painted, varnished or disinfected the room with strong chemicals
  • If someone in your home smokes indoors
  • You need to get rid of cooking smells in a hurry and it is too cold to open the windows
  • There is a dust mite problem (Please note: It is unlikely that an air purifier can remove enough dust mites to reduce dust mite allergy symptoms in all cases.)
  • Pet hair floats in the air

A few simple steps

Step 1 – Check your furnace filter

It is entirely possible that your baby has a cold and you have pets in your home. This does not mean you need to use both a humidifier and air purifier in the nursery. The first recommendation we always give to pet owners is to check your furnace filter. It is one of the best air purifiers on the market and it runs every time your central air unit is working. Furnace filters are almost always a little bit dirty. Some filters can be cleaned with a vacuum while others just need to be replaced once they are too dirty.

If your furnace filter is clean and you and your baby are still having trouble breathing, consider switching to a different kind of filter. There are specialty furnace filters that are specifically designed to capture allergens.

Taking care of your furnace filter is one of the easiest ways to keep the air in your home fresh. There is still a benefit to using a separate air filter that treats a single room. The smaller air filter can run as long as you set it to run. Contrast this with the furnace filter which only filters air while the furnace is running.

Step 2 – Consider purchasing a humidifier for your baby’s room

Earlier in the article we outlined a few reasons why people use humidifiers. This is a condensed list of the most relevant reasons your baby’s room would benefit from having a humidifier:

  • Sinus pressure or stuffy nose from a coldĀ – since babies cannot use the same decongestants adults use, a humidifier is one of the best solutions to sinus congestion
  • Sore throats – same thing here, babies cannot use lozenges to soothe sore throats caused by dry air in the winter

If you are looking for additional advice on the best humidifier for you baby’s room, check out this article that compares three of the most popular humidifiers parents choose.

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Air Purifier vs Humidifier for Baby
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Does your baby need an air purifier or a humidifier? We put together a short guide to help you answer this question.

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