The best humidifiers for newborns

By Giselle Diamond

While there are only three types of humidifiers, cool mist, warm mist and ultrasonic, there are still many questions regarding which one is best for your family. With many humidifiers to choose from, it is hard to know which one will give the best results for you and your newborn. The technology in humidifiers has greatly improved over the last few years. With more information readily available for new parents, including the pros and cons of each type of humidifier and how they work, consumers can make purchases of these machines confidently.

Cool mist humidifiers

Cool mist humidifiers work by turning water into vapour through a rapidly turning disk within the water. A benefit of the cool mist humidifier is that it uses cool water. This helps parents feel secure that a child won't be scalded or burnt if the child gets close to the vapour or in case of an accidental spill. There are drawbacks to cool mist humidifiers as well. Cool water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and mould. With no heat involved, distilled water should be used instead of tap water because these machines disperse the minerals in tap water into the air. The maintenence for cool mist humidifiers include washing the tank daily with soap and water to cut down on bacteria and mould growth. Cool mist humidifiers help in aiding breathing with asthma and other related conditions along with sinus issues.

Warm mist humidifiers

Warm mist humidifiers, also known as steam vaporisers, work by using a heating element to cause steam. While these humidifiers cut down the risk of mould and bacteria being dispersed into the air, the water temperature is very high which adds the risk of being burnt. These machines are not recommended for use around young children. You can use tap water safely in a warm mist humidifier because the heating element effectively kills the bacteria and mould. This benefit also makes this type machine more cost effecient for new parents. Warm mist humidifiers help with cold, coughs and sinus infections. You can also use medicated inhalants with this type of humidifiers.

Ultrasonic humidifiers

Ultrasonic humidifiers work by using a metal diaphragm that vibrates at an ultrasonic frequency. This causes vibrations in the water which produce a cool fog. This humidifier has the benefits of both the warm and cool mist humidifier with no heating element and minimal bacteria and mould dispersement. The ultrasonic humidifier does send minerals from tap water into the air. This causes the use of this machine to be a bit more costly by having to use distilled water. Ultrasonic humidifiers help with asthma, cough, cold and sinus infections.

About the Author

Giselle Diamond is a freelance writer and has been writing since 1999. Diamond is experienced in writing in all genres and subjects, with distinguished experience in home and garden, culture and society, literature and psychology. Diamond has a Master of Arts in English and psychology from New York University. Diamond has articles published on both eHow and LiveStrong.