The Risks Of Humidifiers In Your Baby’s Room

(Last Updated On: July 14, 2018)

Humidifiers may seem imperative for your little one’s nursery but as with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages as well as risks you should be aware of. Want to know more about what the best humidifiers for baby are?

The most common disadvantages are as follows –

risk of humidifier for babies

1) Allergies

When the humidity is too high, it can lead to an exaggerated stimulus for allergies, as humidity can cause high concentration and suspension of dust mites in the air. These mites can lead to mechanical blockage of the respiratory passages. Try to also ventilate your child’s nursery and don’t go overboard! Keep humidity levels under 50% throughout your home if you need a baseline to stick to.

2) Infection

Bacteria, viruses and fungi get a very conducive environment for optimum growth and proliferation when there is high moisture in the air. All these microbes can lead to a number of chronic respiratory illnesses. If you use a humidifier in your baby’s nursery, just remember to clean it out often so you don’t allow bacterial and mold to accumulate.

3) Burns due to steam

The conversion of water into water vapor requires heat. Such amounts of heat can lead to the formation of sudden hot steam which can cause burns on your baby’s fragile skin. Burns may never heal completely, leaving behind a scar. These days, there are many ultrasonic models of humidifiers that do not use heat so those are certainly the preferred choice to be around a child.

4) Electrocution

Since the device requires a constant supply of electricity, there is always a fear of getting electrocuted. Your child may wander around in the nursery and get entangled in the wires while playing. This could lead to electrocution.

5) Chemical Additives

The addition of chemical additives like essential oils etc. can lead to breathing problems rather than aiding the humidification process. Do be aware of this. Some children and babies might also be more sensitive to essential oils than others so be careful not to go overboard.

6) Rebound Phenomenon

Excessive and constant use of a humidifier can lead to drying of the mucosal surfaces of your toddler later on. This occurs when there is humidification of the air inside the room for many hours a day and when the device is turned off, what could result is a dependency on the humidifier. Now without the humidifier, it becomes difficult for the mucosal surfaces to retain any moisture. It may take days for the body to adapt to natural conditions again.

Obviously, this article is not to scare parents off not using humidifiers for their babies. It is just to bring more awareness to possible risks. At the end of the day, there are still a lot of benefits of using humidifiers for your little one so go ahead, allow your child to benefit from having a humidifier – just be aware of risks.

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